Second Amendment Foundation


The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) is dedicated to promoting a better understanding about our Constitutional heritage to privately own and possess firearms.

To that end, we carry on many educational and legal action programs designed to better inform the public about the gun control debate.

Most Recent Articles by Second Amendment Foundation:

SCOTUS Review Sought in Challenge of Alameda County Gun Store Ban

Jan 10, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SCOTUS REVIEW SOUGHT IN CHALLENGE OF ALAMEDA COUNTY GUN STORE BAN

BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a challenge of an Alameda County, California zoning ordinance that effectively bans gun stores have filed a writ of certiorari seeking review by the Supreme Court of the United States.

The lawsuit was against an Alameda County ordinance that prohibits gun stores from being located within 500 feet of a residential zone. Plaintiffs won before a three-judge panel of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, but that was reversed following an en banc hearing before the full appeals court. Now the case is being appealed to the high court.


SAF AMENDS CHALLENGE TO CAL. ‘ASSAULT WEAPON’ REGS, SEEKS INJUNCTION

Jan 4, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF AMENDS CHALLENGE TO CAL. ‘ASSAULT WEAPON’ REGS, SEEKS INJUNCTION
BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and its partners in a challenge to the California Department of Justice regulations on so-called “assault weapons” have filed an amended complaint in the case, and are also seeking an injunction against the new regulations.

The case is known as Holt v. Becerra. It was filed in Superior Court in Riverside County.


Calguns seek Supreme Court reversal of 9th circuit ruling

Dec 22, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

Calguns seek Supreme Court reversal of 9th circuit ruling
BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation have filed a brief seeking U.S. Supreme Court review and ultimate reversal of a ruling by the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in their long-running challenge of California’s waiting period requirement on additional firearm transactions for people who already own guns.


SAF FILES CHALLENGE TO CALIFORNIA ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ REGULATIONS

Nov 30, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF FILES CHALLENGE TO CALIFORNIA ‘ASSAULT WEAPONS’ REGULATIONS
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the State of California challenging the newest regulations on so-called “assault weapons” and alleging that, as promulgated, they violate the state Administrative Procedures Act. The suit is Holt et. al. v. Becerra et. al.

Joining SAF are the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation and several individual California citizens. Named as defendants are state Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Department of Justice, along with Stephen Lindley, chief of the Department of Justice Bureau of Firearms; Debra M. Cornez, director of the Office of Administrative Law and Betty T. Yee, California state controller.


SAF CONDEMNS ANTI-GUN HYPOCRISY AFTER NEW YORK CITY CARNAGE

Nov 1, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – With at least eight people dead and more injured in a truck attack in New York City, the Second Amendment Foundation today condemned the hypocrisy of anti-gunners for remaining silent because the suspect did not use a firearm to create mayhem.

“When are the gun control zealots going to admit that the problem we’re facing isn’t guns, it’s violence,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “While most Americans are alarmed and saddened by Tuesday’s horrible events, the gun control crowd, including Mayor Bill de Blasio, hasn’t immediately started screaming about ‘truck violence’ or ‘truck control.’


JOINT STATEMENT FROM SAF,  CCRKBA ON ‘BUMP STOCKS’

Oct 6, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – In response to the senseless attack in Las Vegas, the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms have issued the following statement:

“The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms support a productive dialogue concerning “bump stocks,” National Concealed Carry Reciprocity and the proposed Hearing Protection Act.

“We recognize that banning firearms accessories is not a solution to violent crime.”


D.C. Declines to Take Wrenn CCW Case to SCOTUS

Oct 5, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

Apparently fearing a devastating loss that could crush arbitrary concealed carry laws in a handful of states, the District of Columbia has declined to appeal its loss of a concealed carry case that struck down its “needs based” permit requirement, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) learned today.

The SAF case is Wrenn v. District of Columbia. A three-judge panel on the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia struck down the city’s “good cause” requirement as unconstitutional in July. The court declined a request for an en banc panel review last month.


D.C. COURT OF APPEALS DENIES EN BANC HEARING ON WRENN, A MAJOR WIN FOR SAF

Sep 29, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has turned down a request from the city for an en banc hearing on the concealed carry case of Wrenn v. District of Columbia, amounting to a strategic win for the Second Amendment Foundation.

According to the court, not a single judge on the court requested a hearing. Earlier, a three-judge panel had ruled in favor of plaintiffs Brian Wrenn and SAF. The case challenges the District’s carry permit policy that requires citizens to provide a “good reason” to be issued a permit. The Appeals Court struck down that requirement.


SAF FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN CASE OF FLORIDA MAN’S DEATH BY POLICE

Sep 19, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – Attorneys for the Second Amendment Foundation today filed an amicus brief supporting a request for the U.S. Supreme Court to review a civil case against a Florida sheriff’s office related to the slaying of an innocent man by a sheriff’s deputy who raided the man’s home, unannounced and without warrant or cause.

The case is Young v. Borders. It involves the death of Andrew Lee Scott. The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against the plaintiffs in this case, citing “qualified immunity” for the officers, which raises serious questions about the ability of police to shoot someone in his own home merely for answering a late-night pounding on his door, with a firearm at his side. According to a summary of the case, sheriff’s deputies did not have a warrant, or announce themselves, and did not suspect the home’s occupants of wrongdoing.


32nd ANNUAL NATIONAL GUN RIGHTS POLICY CONFERENCE SEPT.29-OCT. 1 IN DALLAS

Sep 12, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – With an eye on next year’s mid-term election and important pending Capitol Hill legislation including National Reciprocity and the Hearing Protection Act, the 32nd annual Gun Rights Policy Conference is scheduled Sept. 29-Oct. 1 in Dallas, Texas.

Co-hosted by the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, this year’s event is being held at the Westin Dallas-Fort Worth Airport. It will bring together gun rights advocates and grassroots activists from all corners of the country, along with visitors from other nations where gun rights movements are in their infancy.


SAF, CALGUNS FILE PETITION FOR SCOTUS REVIEW OF SILVESTER CASE

Sep 1, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Calguns Foundation and two individual plaintiffs today filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court for certiorari in the case of Silvester, et.al. v. California Attorney General Zavier Becarra.

The case challenges California’s 10-day waiting period law and seeks to overturn a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling that essentially forces a gun owner to endure another waiting period to purchase another firearm even though he is licensed to carry and has already passed a background check.


FEDERAL JUDGE DENIES CHICAGO MOTION IN SAF-BACKED GUN SHOP CASE

Aug 31, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – A federal court judge in Illinois has denied a City of Chicago motion for summary judgment and refused to dismiss a case challenging a ban of firearms sales within city limits that is backed by the Second Amendment Foundation.

It is the latest in a string of court battles between Chicago and SAF, causing SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb to observe, “We’ve already beat Chicago three times, in the McDonald case before the Supreme Court, and both Ezell 1 and Ezell 2 before the federal court of appeals. I’m reminded of the folk song by Peter, Paul and Mary that asked, ‘When will they ever learn’?”


D.C. REQUESTS EN BANC FEDERAL COURT HEARING ON SAF’S WRENN CCW CASE

Aug 25, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The District of Columbia has filed an appeal with the U.S. District Court of Appeals requesting an en banc hearing in a case recently won by the Second Amendment Foundation that struck down the “good reason” requirement for obtaining a concealed carry permit.

The case is Wrenn v. District of Columbia.

“The Second Amendment Foundation expected the City of Washington, DC to file this appeal in an attempt to try to overturn our court victory that said their virtual ban on the right to carry a firearm for self-protection was unconstitutional,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb.


U.S. LAW SHIELD SPONSORS RECEPTION AT DALLAS GUN RIGHTS CONFERENCE

Aug 25, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The annual kickoff reception at this year’s Gun Rights policy Conference is being sponsored by U.S. Law Shield, a multi-state organization that offers legal protection for law-abiding American gun owners.

Their lead attorney Edwin Walker, a partner of Walker & Taylor, will be speaking.


SAF JOINS AMICUS BRIEF ASKING HIGH COURT REVIEW OF MARYLAND CASE

Aug 22, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has joined in an amicus brief in support of a case that challenges a Maryland gun control law and the federal court ruling that upholds the law by essentially distorting the meaning and intent of the 2008 Heller Ruling that defined the Second Amendment as protective of an individual right to keep and bear arms in common use.


COURT FORCES SEATTLE TO REVEAL MAJOR ‘GUN TAX’ SHORTFALL

Aug 15, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – Acting in accordance with the order of a King County Superior Court judge, the City of Seattle on Monday afternoon revealed what had been suspected for more than a year, that its revenue from a so-called “gun violence tax” was far below projections when the tax was hastily adopted in 2015, the Second Amendment Foundation has learned.

According to court-ordered data provided to the senior editor of TheGunMag.com, a SAF-owned publication, the city collected $103,766.22. That is woefully short of the predicted $300,000 to $500,000 predicted by then-City Council President Tim Burgess when he championed the tax.


STATE HIGH COURT RULING ON GUN TAX SHOWS ‘ELECTIONS MATTER,’ SAYS SAF

Aug 10, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Washington State Supreme Court’s ruling that upholds Seattle’s so-called “gun violence tax” shows that elections – especially those for state Supreme Court justices – matters now more than ever, the Second Amendment Foundation said.

“The high court’s decision to uphold what clearly appears to us as a violation of Washington’s 34-year-old State Preemption Act is proof positive that the court places political correctness above the rule of law,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “Gun owners must get more involved in Supreme Court races.”


SAF ISSUES TRAVEL ADVISORY TO GUN OWNERS: ‘AVOID CALIFORNIA!’

Aug 8, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – For the first time in its history, the Second Amendment Foundation today issued a “travel advisory” to firearms owners to avoid going to California, warning law-abiding armed citizens that their civil rights could be in jeopardy due to that state’s restrictive gun control laws.

“The California Legislature has been out of control for years when it comes to placing restrictions on the Second Amendment rights of honest citizens,” SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb observed. “Right now, I wouldn’t suggest to any gun owner that they even travel through the state, much less to it as their final destination.


SAF SUPPORTS LAWSUIT TO NULLIFY COOK COUNTY ‘ASSAULT WEAPON’ BAN

Aug 1, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Illinois State Rifle Association are supporting a lawsuit by two Illinois residents seeking a permanent injunction against a ban on so-called “assault weapons” adopted in Cook County more than ten years ago, in a case filed in Cook County Circuit Court.

Plaintiffs in the action are Matthew D. Wilson and Troy Edhlund. They are represented by attorney David G. Sigale of Glen Ellyn.


JUDGE FINDS AGAINST SEATTLE IN PRA CASE FILED BY SAF, MAGAZINE EDITOR

Jul 28, 2017 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – A King County Superior Court judge has ruled in favor of a firearms magazine editor and the Second Amendment Foundation in a case challenging the City of Seattle’s refusal to disclose “gun violence tax” revenues under the Public Records Act (PRA).

SAF filed the lawsuit in September with Dave Workman, senior editor of TheGunMag.com. SAF owns the publication. At issue was the city’s refusal to comply with Workman’s PRA request for revenue collected by the city under its “gun violence tax,” passed by the city council in the summer of 2015.