Prohibiting Guns at Public Demonstrations: Debunking First and Second Amendment Myths After Charlottesville
In August 2017, white supremacist demonstrators, accompanied by private militia groups, descended on the college town of Charlottesville, Virginia to protest the removal of a controversial Confederate statue and to unite various white nationalist groups. Many protesters and militia members were heavily armed. The demonstration quickly descended into chaos, injuries, and even death.
Everytown filed this amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a case that seeks to undermine application of the federal law that prohibits people convicted of domestic violence misdemeanors from possessing guns. Everytown’s brief demonstrated that the case had the potential to allow convicted abusers to legally possess guns in more than two-thirds of the states. The brief urged the Court to ensure that the domestic violence misdemeanor prohibition applied equally in all 50 states, as Congress intended.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns filed this amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court in a lawsuit that sought to undermine enforcement of the federal law that prohibits convicted domestic abusers from acquiring or possessing firearms. In March 2015, the Supreme Court endorsed the broad application of federal domestic violence law that Mayors Against Illegal Guns advocated in its brief.