ATTORNEY GENERAL RAOUL LEADS AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING CALIFORNIA’S FIREARM REGULATIONS
Chicago — Attorney General Kwame Raoul today led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in defending California’s regulations on the sale of long guns and semi-automatic centerfire rifles by federally-licensed firearm dealers to persons under the age of 21. In an amicus brief filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, Raoul and the coalition argue that states have the right to enact reasonable firearm regulations that protect public safety and reduce the prevalence of gun violence.
Raoul and the coalition filed the brief in Jones v. Becerra, a lawsuit challenging two recent amendments to California’s penal code. The plaintiffs in that lawsuit claim that the amendments unduly infringe upon the Second Amendment rights of individuals aged 18-20. A lower court previously denied plaintiffs’ request for preliminary injunctive relief upon concluding that they are not likely to succeed on the merits of their claims.
“States are entitled to enact laws and enforce reasonable measures to protect residents, and these age-based restrictions on the purchase of firearms are no exception,” Raoul said. “We saw over the summer the devastating effects of what can happen when someone underage takes possession of one of these firearms. California’s commonsense regulations will allow them to continue to work to keep residents safe from the harms of gun violence and prevent tragedies like we saw in Kenosha.”
In the brief, Raoul and the coalition argue that laws restricting the sale of long guns and semi-automatic rifles to individuals under the age of 21, unless they fall into enumerated exceptions, are reasonable requirements that California has the right to adopt because:
Joining Raoul in the brief are the attorneys general of Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Washington.