Everytown’s Litigation and Enforcement team leverages the expertise of a group of seasoned litigators, including several former federal and state prosecutors, with decades of collective experience as courtroom and appellate advocates. We have deep knowledge relating to the full range of gun safety issues, from background checks, public carry and gun trafficking to guns on campus and firearms preemption laws. We also have significant experience representing and working with survivors of gun violence in lawsuits against the gun industry and with local and state governments facing Second Amendment challenges to gun safety laws. Everytown’s work to advance gun safety in the courts reaches all across the country, including California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Washington, Wisconsin and Washington D.C.

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The Litigation and Enforcement team is available to provide free legal representation and advice to both individual and government clients across the country. We also regularly partner with experienced litigators in private practice at some of the top law firms in the nation. If you have a potential litigation or enforcement matter, contact us through the form below. Please understand that because Everytown is a non-profit organization, we can only select a small number of cases and inquiries for advice or representation. We select cases based on their potential impact for preventing future gun violence.

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Court Rules in Favor of Everytown Client Missoula in Background Check Litigation

On October 11, 2018, the Montana District Court upheld a City of Missoula ordinance, which requires background checks on all gun sales within city limits, including from private unlicensed sellers -- closing a loophole in the law that allowed convicted felons and other categories of people prohibited from owning firearms to obtain guns without a background check. The City had filed suit earlier this year, asking the Montana court to overrule a legal opinion by Attorney General Timothy C. Fox that the ordinance is preempted by state law. Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team represents the City in the lawsuit along with the Missoula firm of Boone Karlberg P.C. and the Missoula City Attorney.

Amicus Brief: Young v. Hawaii

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in support of Hawaii's motion for en banc review. This brief argues that an eleven judge panel of the Ninth Circuit should review Young v. Hawaii en banc in order to correct errors in the historical analysis made in the prior decision.

Amicus Brief: Libertarian Party of Erie County v. Cuomo

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in a case challenging New York's firearm permitting system and concealed carry licensing system. This brief makes clear that laws regulating the possession of firearms to prevent possession by felons and other dangerous people and laws regulating the public carrying of firearms are consistent with a centuries long Anglo-American tradition.

Ohio Parents File Lawsuit Against Local School District, Challenging Plan to Arm Teachers with Insufficient Training; Everytown Litigation Serving as Co-Counsel

A group of parents in the Madison Local School District sued the local board of education and superintendent, alleging that plan to arm staff violates an Ohio statute requiring that armed school employees satisfactorily complete an approved basic peace officer training program. The parents are seeking an injunction blocking the district from arming teachers and other staff without the training required by law, as well as a court order requiring disclosure of policies and procedures for arming staff. The lawsuit was filed in Butler County’s Court of Common Pleas. The plaintiffs, five parents with a collective 12 children in district schools, are represented by attorneys from Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund and Gupta Wessler PLLC. Read the full press release here.

Amicus Brief: Hatfield v. Sessions

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit arguing to uphold the federal prohibition on firearms possession by convicted felons. Our brief argues that the prohibition on felons possessing firearms is consistent with both Supreme Court precedent and historical practice. Our brief also argues that, even if as-applied challenges to the prohibitors are allowed, the burden of proof should be on the plaintiffs to show their crimes do not fall within a category of serious crimes.