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PA Bill Number: HB2294

Title: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms.

Description: In firearms and other dangerous articles, further providing for persons not to possess, use, manufacture, control, sell or transfer firearms. ...

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Last Action Date: Feb 11, 2020

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Friends Indeed: 22 State Attorneys General Join Pro-Second Amendment Brief In SAFE Act Appeal :: 08/13/2014

Amicus curiae ("friend of the court") briefs have been filed in Nojay v. Cuomo, the appeal from the decision of Judge William Skretny last year that largely upheld New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement ("SAFE") Act.

The plaintiffs challenged bans on large-capacity magazines and "assault weapons" (as redefined), the requirement that magazines contain no more than seven rounds, and new rules on ammunition sales, as unconstitutional.  After Judge Skretnty denied most of these claims, the case (decided as New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Cuomo) was appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

Attorneys General for 22 states - Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming - have filed an amicus brief in support of the plaintiffs.

In contrast, the chief legal officers for only nine states (plus D.C.) - Maryland, California, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, and Oregon - have opted to support the SAFE Act through their own amicus filing.  Predictably, many of these jurisdictions have gun laws that similarly restrict or ban "assault weapons" and "large capacity" magazines.  The ends-driven argument in support of the SAFE Act is that the "absolutist reading of the Second Amendment advanced by the plaintiffs" threatens to "tie the hands of states in responding" to threats to public safety.  Yet the plaintiffs simply assert that the outright ban of firearms commonly used for lawful purposes by law-abiding citizens burdens the fundamental right to keep and bear arms and should be subject to the highest level of court review in accordance with constitutional law.

Amicus briefs supporting the plaintiffs' arguments have also been filed by the National Rifle Association, the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc., the New York State Sheriffs' Association, the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, the Law Enforcement Action Network, and the International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association, among others.