BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a federal civil rights lawsuit in California have filed a revised complaint, adding to the list of defendants to include the City of Los Angeles and Mayor Eric Garcetti, and the City of Burbank and City Manager Justin Hess.
The case is known as Brandy, et al v. Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva, et al.
SAF is joined by the National Rifle Association (NRA), California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), and Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), plus three retailers and several private citizens. They are represented by attorneys George M. Lee, San Francisco; John W. Dillon, Carlsbad, and Raymond M. DiGuiseppe, Southport, NC.
The lawsuit challenges closures of gun stores and shooting ranges, and states, “Shuttering access to arms, the ammunition required to use those arms, and the ranges and education facilities that individuals need to learn how to safely and competently use arms, necessarily closes off the Constitutional right to learn about, practice with, and keep and bear those arms. By forcing duly licensed, essential businesses to close or eliminate key services for the general public, government authorities are foreclosing the only lawful means to buy, sell, and transfer firearms and ammunition available to typical, law-abiding individuals in California. Such a prohibition on the right to keep and bear arms is categorically unconstitutional.”
“Thanks to new guidance detailing essential critical infrastructure workers that was released Saturday, we have amended our federal complaint,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The Coronavirus outbreak does not outrank the rights guaranteed and protected by the Second Amendment.”
SAF and its partners are seeking a declaratory judgment that firearm and ammunition manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and shooting ranges are essential. They also ask for a preliminary and permanent restraining order.
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nation’s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.