BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are offering sincere thanks to several groups that submitted an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of their challenge of the Maryland ban on semi-auto rifles. The case is known as Bianchi, et al. v. Frosh, et al. The lead law firm is Cooper & Kirk, Washington, D.C.

The brief was submitted by Professors of Second Amendment Law, the Cato Institute, John Locke Foundation, Center to Keep and Bear Arms, and the Independence Institute. It was prepared by attorney David B. Kopel with the Independence Institute. Participants in the brief are also represented by George A. Mocsary, University of Wyoming College of Law; Trevor Burrus and Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute; Cody J. Wisniewski, Center to Keep and Bear Arms and Jon Guze, John Locke Foundation.

“No pun intended, but the caliber of participants in this amicus brief is second-to-none,” said SASF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “David Kopel and his colleagues have assembled a great brief that explains the problem with Maryland’s gun ban law in 28 pages. Add this to the brief recently submitted by 25 state attorneys general supporting our case, and I believe the justices will be favorably impressed.”

SAF and CCRKBA are joined by the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), Field Traders, LLC, and individual plaintiffs Micah Schaefer who resides in Ann Arundel County, and David Snope and Dominic Bianchi—for whom the case is named—from Baltimore County.

“When the possession of commonly-owned firearms by private citizens is criminalized, it is imperative for good, like-minded people to stand together and defend constitutional rights,” Gottlieb said. “The support we are receiving in this case is both humbling and reassuring. We are hopeful the Supreme Court grants our petition for review. Banning the possession and transport of a whole class of commonly-owned firearms is an affront to the Second Amendment that cannot be allowed to go unchallenged.”

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 700,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. 

 With more than 650,000 members and supporters nationwide, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (www.ccrkba.org) is one of the nation’s premier gun rights organizations. As a non-profit organization, the Citizens Committee is dedicated to preserving firearms freedoms through active lobbying of elected officials and facilitating grass-roots organization of gun rights activists in local communities throughout the United States.