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:

SAF, CCRKBA SEEK NATIONAL DIALOGUE ON POLICE, CCW AFTER ALABAMA TRAGEDY

Nov 27, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

Mr. Bradford, 21, pulled out his gun to protect shoppers at an Alabama mall, his family said.BELLEVUE, WA – In the wake of last week’s tragic mistaken identity fatal shooting of an armed citizen in an Alabama shopping mall, the Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms are calling for a national dialogue on how police respond to “active shooter” reports in public venues, such as malls, restaurants or movie theaters.

Officers responding to a shooting at the Riverchase Balleria Mall in suburban Hoover apparently mistook Emantic F. Bradford, Jr., 21, as the suspected shooter. Mr. Bradford had a carry permit according to his family but investigators have declined to confirm that. He had drawn his pistol and was fatally shot.

“There are more than 17 million gun owners in the United States who are licensed to carry concealed,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “In addition, there are untold numbers of legally-armed citizens in states where permits or licenses are not required for either concealed or open carry. In an active shooter incident, these citizens are well within their rights to act in self-defense or in defense of others, even when it means they draw a defensive sidearm but don’t immediately open fire.


SAF FILES AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF 9TH CIRCUIT GUN RIGHTS RULING

Nov 21, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a firearm for self-defense
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has filed an amicus brief in a case that successfully challenged the State of Hawaii’s regulatory scheme for carrying firearms in public for personal protection, in which defendants have asked for an en banc hearing before the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals after a three-judge panel ruled against the state.

SAF is asking the court to reject the en banc request, and accept the decision of the panel in favor of plaintiff George Young in the case that is known as Young v. Hawaii. In July, the appeals court ruled that the Second Amendment protects the right to openly carry a firearm for self-defense.


SAF, NRA FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING INITIATIVE 1639

Nov 16, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF, NRA FILE FEDERAL LAWSUIT CHALLENGING INITIATIVE 1639
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifle Association have filed a lawsuit in federal court challenging gun control Initiative 1639 in Washington State, on several grounds.

The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. In addition to SAF and NRA, plaintiffs include gun dealers and young adults in the affected age group.


SAF CONDEMNS MEDIA BIAS ON GUNS AS ELECTION LOOMS

Oct 31, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF CONDEMNS MEDIA BIAS ON GUNS AS ELECTION LOOMS
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today condemned what it considers blatant media bias against firearms, which invariably seems to show up in headlines and news reports just prior to an election.

“We’ve got an important midterm election next week,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb, “and gun control versus gun rights is an important shadow issue because Democrats have already made it clear that guns will be on the agenda if they take control of the Congress.”
He was not surprised that the Associated Press circulated an article headlined “Guns send over 8,000 US kids to ER each year, analysis says.” Gottlieb said it is “no coincidence” that such stories appear before an election.


GALLUP POLL SHOWS MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE SEMI-AUTO BAN, SAYS SAF

Oct 24, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

GALLUP POLL SHOWS MOST AMERICANS OPPOSE SEMI-AUTO BAN, SAYS SAF
BELLEVUE, WA – A new Gallup survey showing that a majority of Americans now oppose a ban on so-called “assault weapons” could not have come at a better time, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“The new Gallup poll shows that 57 percent of Americans do not support a ban on semi-automatic rifles, which have been deliberately mislabeled as ‘assault rifles,’” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “It’s a complete turnaround since 1996, and we think it’s because Americans have wised up to the rhetoric of the gun ban lobby as so much hot air when it comes to actually preventing violent crime.”


SAF Applauds Thurston County Court Judge for Striking Down Initiative

Aug 18, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF Applauds Thurston County Court Judge for Striking Down Initiative
BELLEVUE, WA – A Thurston County Superior Court judge this morning disqualified a Washington State gun control initiative because it was improperly presented to voters by not following guidelines set down in state election law.


SAF, NRA Sue City of Edmonds over Wash. State Preemptive Violation

Aug 8, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – Another Washington state city is now being sued by the Second Amendment Foundation and National Rifled Association for violating the state’s 35-year-old preemption statute by adopting a local gun control ordinance. They filed a similar lawsuit against the City of Seattle last month.


SAF, Defense Distributed Sue New Jersey A.G., Los Angeles City Atty.

Jul 30, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Defense Distributed took the necessary action of filing a federal lawsuit on Sunday against the New Jersey Attorney General and Los Angeles City Attorney, accusing them of “unconstitutional prior restraint” by attempting to prevent online sharing of 3-D firearms printing technology despite a Justice Department settlement of a lawsuit several days ago.


SAF SUES CALIFORNIA DOJ OVER FAILURE OF ONLINE REGISTRATION SYSTEM

Jul 13, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed suit against the California Department of Justice and Attorney General Xavier Becerra, seeking an injunction against the agency for failing and refusing to establish a properly functioning Internet-based firearms registration system.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Calguns Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation and three private citizens. The lawsuit was filed in Shasta County Superior Court.


SAF, CCRKBA CHALLENGE WA INITIATIVE, SEEK INVALIDATION

Jun 30, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF, CCRKBA CHALLENGE WA  INITIATIVE, SEEK INVALIDATION
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today asked the Washington State Supreme Court to invalidate Initiative 1639 and enjoin the Secretary of State to reject the petitions on the grounds that petitions circulated by paid signature gatherers failed to meet state requirements for readability nor did they include a “full, true, and correct copy of the proposed measure printed on the reverse side.”


SAF, CCRKBA Warn I-1639 Sponsors That ‘Unreadable’ Petitions Violate Laws

Jun 20, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation


BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms today warned sponsors of anti-gun Initiative 1639 via a demand letter that their campaign “is utilizing unreadable petitions in violation” of state law, and demanded that this be corrected to “conform to the legal requirements.”

Olympia attorney Shawn Newman, writing on behalf of the two Bellevue-based organizations, noted, “The petitions for I-1639 have the proposed measure printed on the back of the sheets in such fine print as to be unreadable… Use of fine print is unconscionable.”


Court Grants Injunction in SAF Challenge of Deerfield, Il Gun Ban

Jun 13, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

Court Grants Injunction in SAF Challenge of Deerfield, Il Gun Ban
BELLEVUE, WA – A circuit court judge in Lake County, Illinois has granted an injunction against the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, blocking the village from enforcing a ban on so-called “assault weapons,” and handing a victory to the Second Amendment Foundation.

SAF was joined in the lawsuit by the Illinois State Rifle Association and Deerfield resident Daniel Easterday, who is a lawful firearms owner.


‘OKC SHOOTING AFFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF ARMED CITIZENRY,’ SAYS SAF

May 25, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

‘OKC SHOOTING AFFIRMS IMPORTANCE OF ARMED CITIZENRY,
BELLEVUE, WA – Thursday’s shooting incident at a popular restaurant in Oklahoma City, where a “good guy with a gun” intervened by fatally shooting an apparent madman affirms the importance of an armed citizenry, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“We concur with local police who are calling the armed citizen a hero,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “This courageous bystander became the first responder in a situation where seconds counted, and because of that individual’s actions, it is possible many lives were saved. We’re waiting for more details, and hopefully to learn the identity of the brave citizen who stepped in and stopped the violence.”


Bloomberg’s ‘Epidemic of Dishonesty’ Includes his Own Anti-Gun Efforts

May 14, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

Bloomberg's 'Epidemic of Dishonesty'
BELLEVUE, WA – When billionaire anti-gun former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a tirade during Rice University’s graduation ceremonies over the weekend about an “epidemic of dishonesty” in the nation’s capital, he could easily have been talking about the gun prohibition movement he largely finances, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“Bloomberg criticized what he called ‘an endless barrage of lies,’” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “But that’s exactly what we’ve seen from the gun prohibition lobby, exemplified by Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety. From deceptively combining suicide and homicide data to inflate what they call the number of ‘gun violence’ victims, to inflating the number of school shootings which the Washington Post called ‘flat wrong,’ and suggesting that raising the age limit for purchasing firearms and banning modern sporting rifles will somehow prevent mass shootings, the gun control campaign has been built on layers of false promises.


IMPRISONING PREGNANT WOMAN ON MICH. GUN CHARGE ‘BARBARIC,’ SAYS SAF

May 9, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

IMPRISONING PREGNANT WOMAN ON MICH. GUN CHARGE ‘BARBARIC,’ SAYS SAFBELLEVUE, WA – An expectant Michigan mother who was convicted for displaying a handgun during a controversial altercation last summer will likely have her second child in prison, a situation that the Second Amendment Foundation considers “barbaric” just days before Mother’s Day.


SAF Sues Illinois Agency Over Day Care Operators’ Gun Rights

Apr 17, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF Sues Illinois Agency Over Day Care Operators' Gun Rights, BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services on behalf of two Prairie State residents, alleging deprivation of civil rights under color of law.


SAF Lawsuit Challenges Gun Ban in Chicago Suburb of Deerfield

Apr 5, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF Lawsuit Challenges Gun Ban in Chicago Suburb of Deerfield
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit against the Chicago suburb of Deerfield, Illinois seeking an injunction against enforcement of the ban on so-called “assault weapons” and “large capacity magazines” adopted by the Village Board of Trustees earlier this week.


SAF Says ‘Gun Control Hysteria’ Is Reason March NICS Checks Spiked

Apr 3, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF Says ‘Gun Control Hysteria' Is Reason March NICS Checks Spiked
BELLEVUE, WA – A record number of background checks initiated with the National Instant Check System (NICS) for the month of March demonstrates once again that gun control hysteria pushes more Americans to exercise their right to own firearms, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

According to raw data from the FBI, last month saw a record 2,767,699 background checks initiated with the system, which is up 334,607 over the number of checks for March 2017, and up 244,434 NICS initiations in March 2016. While the raw data shows the number of NICS checks initiated, the FBI notes in its monthly reports, it does not reflect the actual number of firearms sold for that time period.


SAF: SATURDAY MARCHERS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT GUNS SAVE LIVES

Mar 23, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SATURDAY MARCHERS SHOULD REMEMBER THAT GUNS SAVE LIVES
BELLEVUE, WA – Participants in Saturday’s planned “March For Our Lives” events around the country should use the opportunity to celebrate the lives of all the survivors of violence who are alive today because they had a firearm with which to fight back, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans defend themselves with firearms, often without firing a shot,” noted SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “They are victims of violence, too, but they are alive today because they had the will and the tools to fight back.


SAF To Help Students Defend Their 1st. Amendment Right to Support 2nd

Mar 20, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF To Help Students Defend Their 1st. Amendment Right to Support 2nd
BELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation today announced a project to help students who have been harassed, intimidated or bullied for resisting peer pressure to join the wave of protests against guns and the right to keep and bear arms.

“A student’s First Amendment rights should not be violated because they support the Second Amendment,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “There have been several reports over the past couple of weeks about students who have been harassed or encountered other problems from students, teachers or administrators for not joining in the protests. If that’s happening, it isn’t right and should not be tolerated.