WASHINGTON, D.C. (December eleven, 2020) — nowadays, Firearms coverage Coalition (FPC) introduced the filing of a petition looking for a writ of certiorari asking the us Supreme courtroom to evaluate the Third Circuit’s determination in Lisa Folajtar v. attorney general Barr. a replica of the petition will also be viewed at gunbancase.com.

Ms. Folajtar is represented by David H. Thompson, Pete Patterson, and Steven Lindsay of Cooper & Kirk, PLLC, Joshua Prince of Civil Rights protection firm, P.C., FPC Director of criminal strategy Adam Kraut, and FPC Director of research Joseph Greenlee, who authored the authoritative article on the historical past of palms prohibitions primarily based upon his fashioned research, additionally obtainable at gunbancase.com. The Foljatar case changed into these days mentioned in varied predominant information shops, together with an editorial by big apple instances Supreme court docket reporter Adam Liptak, “Justice Barrett’s Vote might Tilt the Supreme court docket on Gun Rights,” and a Fox news editorial by way of law professor Jonathan Turley, “Gun-rights case tailor made for Justice Barrett, Supreme court docket. here’s why.”



very nearly a decade in the past, Ms. Folajtar became convicted of a nonviolent felony and has been law-abiding ever due to the fact, but federal law then again prohibits her from possessing a firearm for the rest of her life. In 2018, Ms. Folajtar filed an as-utilized second amendment problem to the lifetime ban within the japanese District of Pennsylvania District court. The courtroom in the end dominated towards her for ahistorical explanations, and that decision became affirmed via the Third Circuit court of Appeals, where, over a magnificent 28-web page dissent through judge Bibas, the panel majority upheld the ban on Folajtar. The panel majority departed from the Supreme court’s 2008 Heller opinion by way of ignoring the text of the charter as well as the historical past and lifestyle that informs its customary public that means. as an alternative, the court docket utilized an flawed test that enables governments to absolutely and completely disarm individuals if they lack “virtue.” Ms. Folajtar’s petition argues that the court docket should hear the case since the lifelong ban violates Folajtar’s 2d amendment rights, and to additional make clear the box of second modification legislation.  

“The courts would under no circumstances countenance an effort with the aid of the executive to completely bar Ms. Folajtar from exercising her simple rights to free speech and free undertaking of religion merely as a result of she at one time was convicted of a nonviolent prison,” defined Supreme courtroom suggestions of listing, David H. Thompson of Cooper & Kirk, who recently argued before the excessive court docket for the petitioners in Collins v. Mnuchin. “Yet the Third Circuit held that the executive can perpetually strip Ms. Folajtar of her simple appropriate to possess firearms for self-protection in keeping with a one-time conviction of a tax offense. As decide Bibas explained in dissent—and as Justice Barrett explained in a similar case when on the Seventh Circuit—this type of punishment has no connection in any way to the ancient justification for limiting the 2nd amendment rights of definite people: dangerousness. It therefore is unconstitutional, and we hope the Supreme courtroom consents to listen to this case and make sure that the govt has no groundwork for depriving nondangerous individuals of their second amendment rights.”

“The executive’s argument that someone’s inalienable appropriate to hold and endure hands can be denied in perpetuity on account of a single non-violent felony conviction is neither supported by way of the textual content of the constitution nor the history and customary public which means of the second amendment,” referred to legal professional Joshua Prince. “As choose Bibas makes clear in his dissent, the lifetime, total ban imposed upon Ms. Folajtar, and others like her, is not longstanding and has no connection to any governmental activity.”

“Ms. Folajtar is a law-abiding lady who with no trouble wishes to pastime her natural and simple right to self-protection in her domestic,” commented Adam Kraut. “The govt’s lifetime ban applied to her cannot face up to constitutional scrutiny. And extra, there exists a undeniable irony that the executive strips a person of their 2d modification rights for making a false remark on a tax return when our Founders took up fingers against the King after refusing to pay taxes.”

“There is not any historic precedent in American heritage for disarming nonviolent humans like Ms. Folajtar,” referred to FPC’s Joseph Greenlee. “truly, some founding-period laws expressly allowed americans who mishandled or withheld money owed for taxes to preserve their firearms. As decide Bibas explained in his Third Circuit dissent, historically, individuals have been disarmed only in the event that they have been unhealthy. We hope that the Supreme court docket will hear this case and put an end to the unjust and ahistorical prohibitions on nonviolent felons.”

“The Supreme court should furnish review in this case to right an outrageous injustice that affects tens of millions of non-violent individuals and evidently set up the appropriate look at various for reduce courts to practice in 2nd amendment challenges,” pointed out FPC President Brandon Combs. “Ms. Folajtar’s petition, lead with the aid of the stunning assistance of Cooper & Kirk, gifts an incredible car for the court to tackle these crucial considerations in 2021, together with many other cert. petitions already filed and that can be submitted this term.”

FPC recently filed one more petition for cert. in a similar case, Holloway v. Barr. The petitioner, Raymond Holloway, is represented via FPC Director of analysis Joseph Greenlee, Supreme court advice Erik Jaffe, Joshua Prince of Prince legislation offices, and FPC Director of felony strategy Adam Kraut.

Firearms policy Coalition and its FPC legislation group are the nation’s next-generation advocates for the appropriate to preserve and undergo hands and adjacent considerations, having lately filed several major federal 2d modification lawsuits including challenges to the State of Maryland’s ban on “assault weapons” (Bianchi v. Frosh), the State of Pennsylvania’s and Allegheny County’s lift restrictions (Cowey v. Mullen), Philadelphia’s Gun permit Unit policies and practices (Fetsurka v. Outlaw), Pennsylvania’s ban on elevate with the aid of adults beneath 21 years of age (Lara v. Evanchick), California’s Handgun Ban and “Roster” laws (Renna v. Becerra), Maryland’s raise ban (name v. Jones), New Jersey’s raise ban (Bennett v. Davis), big apple metropolis’s carry ban (Greco v. manhattan city), the federal ban on the sale of handguns and handgun ammunition through federal firearm licensees (FFLs) to adults beneath 21 years of age (Reese v. BATFE), and others, with many greater situations being prepared these days. To follow these and other criminal instances FPC is actively working on, talk over with the criminal motion part of FPC’s website or observe FPC on Instagram, Twitter, fb, YouTube.

Firearms policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org) is a 501(c)four nonprofit corporation. FPC’s mission is to offer protection to and shelter constitutional rights—in particular the correct to keep and undergo palms—boost individual liberty, and fix freedom through litigation and felony motion, legislative and regulatory motion, education, outreach, grassroots activism, and other programs. FPC law is the nation’s greatest public interest criminal group focused on 2nd amendment and adjacent basic rights including freedom of speech and due process, conducting litigation, research, scholarly publications, and amicus briefing, amongst different efforts.


The Folajtar case is a different essential lawsuit that is a component of FPC’s complete approach to look after freedom, develop individual liberty, and fix the constitution and its guarantees for individuals right through the united states. people who need to guide the lawsuit can achieve this at JoinFPC.org and www.firearmspolicy.org/folajtar.


word — knowledge PLAINTIFFS mandatory!

FPC is urgently in search of particular person and FFL plaintiffs for a few complaints which are being organized to challenge legal guidelines and policies that infringe on simple rights, together with (but no longer constrained to):

  • legal guidelines and policies that prevent people from purchasing and/or possessing so-called “assault weapons” (semi-computerized firearms with common traits) and “high-potential” magazines (commonplace magazines that dangle greater than 10 rounds)
  • legal guidelines and policies that stay away from 18-20-12 months-ancient young adults (below age 21) from obtaining handguns from FFLs and carry loaded, operable palms in public for self-protection
  • legal guidelines and policies that steer clear of individual adults (over the age of 18) from carrying loaded handguns and other hands outdoor of their home
  • legal guidelines and policies that evade individuals from buying and/or possessing handguns and different hands with out first buying a “purchase enable” 
  • laws and guidelines that keep away from people from acquiring or possessing firearms due to a conviction for a non-violent crime, or mental fitness adjudication that did not involve an involuntary dedication  
  • laws that avoid honorably discharged veterans from acquiring or possessing firearms because they have got been classified as “a intellectual faulty” due to the company’s resolution that they “lack the intellectual skill to contract or manage his or her own affairs” as a result of they want tips managing VA advantages and have a fiduciary

If a person you be aware of meets the criteria above, or if you could be interested in participating in litigation as a assisting FFL, please contact us:

if you want to assist FPC’s Folajtar case and many different seasoned-second change lawsuits, prison action, and analysis, please chip in $5, $10, $25, or whatever which you can at https://www.firearmspolicy.org/donate or be part of the FPC Grassroots military at JoinFPC.org.