FPC Files Opening Brief in Lawsuit Challenging Nevada’s Expansive Ban on Self-Built Firearms, Parts

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA (October 10, 2022) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced the filing of an opening brief with the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Palmer v. Sisolak, its lawsuit challenging Nevada’s confiscatory ban on all unserialized, self-manufactured firearms as well as all “unfinished frames or receivers.” The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

“In spite of the plain text of the Second Amendment, the State of Nevada, through Assembly Bill No. 286… banned the possession and self-manufacture of common, lawfully possessed firearms and firearms parts,” argues the brief. “However, Nevada unquestionably cannot meet its burden under Bruen to show that the Ban is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. Indeed, citizens of the United States and their predecessor colonies have been free to manufacture, possess, and sell self-made firearms since well before the Founding such that no relatively similar analogue exists.”

“Inherent to the textual right to ‘keep and bear’ is the ability to acquire, and acquiring firearms by way of private manufacture has been part of the American tradition from the very beginning of our nation’s history,” said FPC Director of Legal Operations Bill Sack. “This opening brief invites the Ninth Circuit to apply the correct ‘Text as informed by history and tradition’ test, and rectify the missteps of the District Court below.”

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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs.

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

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