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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Everytown Files Amicus Brief Urging Court to Continue to Block the Trump Administration’s Reckless Decision to Permit the Distribution of Downloadable Guns

Everytown for Gun Safety filed this amicus brief in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, urging the court to continue to temporarily block the Trump Administration’s reckless decision to permit the online distribution of the computer code that, when input into a 3-D printer, will automatically produce all the necessary components of an undetectable, untraceable plastic gun. The brief, co-authored by leading constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe of Harvard Law School, debunks Defense Distributed’s First Amendment defense -- explaining why the company is wrong when it argues that the computer code it uses to create its downloadable guns is protected by the freedom of speech. The brief was prepared and submitted by the law firms Gupta Wessler PLLC and Terrell Marshall Law Group PLLC, Professor Laurence H. Tribe (the Carl M. Loeb University Professor and Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law School), and Everytown’s Litigation Team.

Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team Will Defend the City Of Seattle in Any Litigation Resulting From its Efforts to Require Responsible Gun Storage

Following the City of Seattle’s passage of an ordinance requiring responsible gun storage, Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team has agreed to represent the City on a pro bono basis, if it is sued for enacting the ordinance. The ordinance requires storage of firearms in a locked container, except when they are under the gun owner’s control. It also increases penalties for failure to report lost or stolen firearm. Everytown’s litigation team will be joined by Orrick LLP, which has also agreed to represent the City pro bono.

Everytown Litigation Team Delivers Letter to Madison, Ohio School Board Raising Legal and Liability Concerns and Urging Suspension of Plan to Arm School Teachers, Staff and “Volunteers”

Litigators at Everytown for Gun Safety, on behalf of numerous concerned families, delivered a letter to the Board of Education of the Madison Local School District in Ohio raising concerns about the passage and implementation of a resolution to allow teachers, staff, and “others” to carry hidden, loaded weapons in district schools. The letter identifies numerous sources of legal risk and potential liability created by the resolution, including potential non-compliance with statutory and constitutional obligations to adequately train armed personnel, the need for clear policies governing access to and use of weapons on school grounds, the Board’s obligation to indemnify and defend armed personnel and the availability of insurance coverage, and disclosure obligations to enable parents to make an informed choice about whether local schools remain a safe place to educate their children. Read the full press release here.

Everytown Submits Amicus Brief in Support of New Jersey's Large Capacity Magazine Prohibition

Everytown for Gun Safety submitted this amicus brief on the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey in defense of New Jersey’s large-capacity magazine prohibition. This brief discusses the long history of regulating especially dangerous weapons, including a century of restrictions on firearms capable of firing a large number of rounds without reloading; the circularity of the “common use” test; and the impact large-capacity magazines have on both mass shootings and everyday gun violence.

City of Boulder Files Opposition to Lawsuit Seeking to Strike Down City’s Common-sense Gun Safety Measures: Everytown Litigation Serving as Co-Counsel

Everytown for Gun Safety’s Litigation Team is representing the City of Boulder, Colorado in a legal challenge to the City’s recently enacted gun-safety ordinance, which includes prohibitions on the possession and sale of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines in the City and strengthens restrictions on the possession of firearms by minors under the age of 21. Plaintiffs – two individuals, a gun dealer, and a shooting club – filed a lawsuit against the City the day after the ordinance was passed and, a month later, filed a motion in an effort to prevent the City from enforcing the ordinance while their lawsuit is ongoing. On July 3, 2018, the City of Boulder filed its opposition to plaintiffs’ motion, demonstrating that, as courts to consider similar challenges have repeatedly made clear, its gun-safety ordinance is fully in accord with the Second Amendment and all other provisions of federal and state law. Everytown’s Litigation team is co-counsel with Arnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP, the Boulder City Attorney’s Office, and the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence.