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 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.


‘Seattle Gun Tax Revenue Falls, And Fails, Again’, Says SAF

Mar 17, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

‘Seattle Gun Tax Revenue Falls, And Fails, Again'
BELLEVUE, WA. – Seattle’s “gun violence tax” revenue has once again failed to meet predictions, demonstrating once again that this was really a thinly disguised gun control scheme that was sold to the public as an effort to reduce so-called “gun violence,” the Second Amendment Foundation said today.


SAF Reports 1,200% Spike in Members, Donors From Young Adults Since Florida

Mar 12, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

1,200% Spike in Members, Donors From Young Adults Since Florida
BELLEVUE, WA – Since the tragic mass shooting at a Florida high school last month resulted in efforts to restrict firearms ownership by young adults, the Second Amendment Foundation has experienced a 1,200 percent increase in the number of 18- to 20-year-olds joining or supporting the organization, SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb reported today.


SAF, ISRA Sue Housing Authority Over Gun Ban For Residents

Mar 9, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF, ISRA SUE HOUSING AUTHORITY OVER GUN BAN FOR RESIDENTSBELLEVUE, WA – The Second Amendment Foundation and Illinois State Rifle Association have filed a lawsuit in federal district court challenging the East St. Louis Housing Authority’s (ESLHA) ban on firearms possession by residents of government subsidized housing in that community.


Media Sensationalism Partly to Blame for School Shootings Says SAF

Feb 20, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

Media Sensationalism Partly to Blame for School Shootings Says SAF
BELLEVUE, WA – When anti-gunners point fingers of blame for tragic school shootings, there is plenty of room for media sensationalism in that ugly spotlight, the Second Amendment Foundation said today.

“The heartbreaking attack on students and faculty at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is made even more terrible because the suspect is getting more than his share of fame,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “His face has been all over television and newspaper front pages, and there is a concern that this kind of attention might inspire somebody else to seek this same kind of infamy.”


SAF, Colorado Group File Amicus Brief In Magazine Ban Appeal

Jan 23, 2018 — Second Amendment Foundation

SAF, Colorado Group File Amicus Brief In Magazine Ban Appeal
BELLEVUE, WA - The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), joined by the Millennial Policy Center (MPC), has filed an amicus brief in the challenge of Colorado’s ban on so-called “large capacity magazines,” using history, nineteenth century tradition and the Colorado State Constitution to support the challenge.

The brief was submitted to the Colorado Court of Appeals by attorney Joseph Greenlee of Denver.


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.