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Challenges to NY and CT Gun Laws Continue as Second Circuit Hears Oral Arguments December 2014

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently heard oral arguments in the cases challenging the gun-control legislation enacted in New York and Connecticut last year. Goldberg Segalla partner Brian T. Stapleton, a member of the firm’s Constitutional Law and Product Liability Practice Groups, set the stage for the current appeals by serving as lead plaintiffs’ counsel at the trial level for both challenges, and he continues to play an active role on the appellate team.

Brought by firearms dealers, sports enthusiasts, gun owners, and Second Amendment rights organizations, the lawsuits challenge the constitutionality of New York’s Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act of 2013 (commonly known as the N.Y. SAFE Act) and Connecticut’s Public Act 13-3, “An Act Concerning Gun Violence Prevention and Children’s Safety.” The cases focus on points about the reclassification of certain firearms and limitations on the capacities of ammunition, which Brian argued violate the Second Amendment rights of the plaintiffs and all others who are law-abiding gun owners.

Brian leads the firm’s Second Amendment litigation and firearms-related issues practice, and was profiled by the Connecticut Law Tribune in September 2013 for this role. “I have developed a niche role, where I am now regularly asked to advise individuals and groups on a wide range of issues involving gun ownership and possession of firearms,” Brian told the publication. His clients include major manufacturers, retailers, and the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, the state affiliate of the National Rifle Association.

Brian received extensive media coverage following the April 2013 challenge to the N.Y. SAFE Act in the Western District of New York. Click here for highlights of the coverage.

The oral arguments heard earlier this month by the Second Circuit were reported on by the Hartford Courant and Connecticut Law Tribune.