CRPA to Join 2ALC Amicus Campaign Challenging Waiting Period

May 8, 2023

Last week, the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and several other plaintiffs filed a federal lawsuit challenging California’s 10-day waiting period for firearm purchases. The Second Amendment Law Center (2ALC)  is already preparing to provide assistance and support through an amicus brief (aka “friend of the court”) campaign on behalf of the plaintiffs in the case.  CRPA will be among the multiple amici filing briefs.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, begins with the correct assertion that “a right delayed is a right denied” and goes on to invoke the Supreme Court’s decisions in Heller and Bruen in making its case that the waiting period violates the Constitution. Right on.

“No other fundamental right is subject to a waiting period,” notes CRPA President & General Counsel Chuck Michel. “Restraints like these degrade the very character of constitutionally-protected rights and must be opposed in court.”

In California, firearm purchasers must wait ten days to pick up their purchased firearm even when a background check clears them to purchase almost immediately. Even Sarah Brady admitted that so-called “cooling off periods” have no effect. Waiting periods are a pointless delay imposed on a constitutional right. California’s waiting period should be struck down.

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