Tuesday, December 26, 2023

Lawsuit Update: Challenge Against Handgun Purchase Ban for Young Adults Receives New Filings


The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), alongside partners in a federal lawsuit contesting the prohibition of handgun sales to young adults aged 18-20, has submitted a motion to the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to update the record with an additional plaintiff. This case, Reese v. ATF, also involves the Firearms Policy Coalition, Louisiana Shooting Association, and two individuals, Emily Naquin and Caleb Reese, the latter being the namesake of the case. The legal team comprises George J. Armbruster from Lafayette, LA, David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson, John D. Ohlendorf, William V. Bergstrom from Washington, D.C., and Joseph Greenlee from Las Vegas, Nev. 

The motion aims to include Christian Michael Broussard, an 18-year-old from Vermilion Parish, as a new plaintiff, given that original client Emily Naquin has reached 21 and is no longer part of the impacted demographic. This addition addresses concerns that the case might become moot as the standing of the Organizational Plaintiffs hinges on having at least one member within the affected age range.

Adam Kraut, SAF Executive Director, elaborated, "Since initiating this lawsuit in November 2020, our initial plaintiffs are approaching or have reached 21 years of age. To counteract any notion that the issue is now irrelevant, we've brought in Mr. Broussard as a new plaintiff. This ensures our legal challenge remains valid, allowing for a comprehensive judicial review of the core issue."

Alan M. Gottlieb, SAF founder and Executive Vice President, highlighted the importance of Broussard's inclusion, stating, "The court’s acceptance of Broussard’s declaration reaffirms the ongoing relevance and urgency of this case. It’s crucial for resolving a persistent legal matter that affects a specific segment of the population."

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