GOA, GOF File Appeal in Lawsuit Challenging Cornyn-Murphy Under 21 Wait Periods
By Walter Smoloski
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 24, 2023
Washington, D.C. — Today, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) filed a notice of appeal with the 5th Federal Circuit in their lawsuit challenging de facto waiting periods for NICS background checks on gun buyers under the age of 21.
This new policy is a result of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act, also known as the Cornyn-Murphy gun control package, which passed last summer. Under the law, unconstitutional waiting periods are being imposed on young adults because a review of juvenile justice records, state mental health records, and those from local law enforcement where the buyer resides is now required. This review is in addition to those records already held by the FBI background check system. Because state and local agencies are not equipped or prepared to provide this new information in a timely manner, young gun buyers are simply forced to wait with no recourse, which is a clear violation of their Second Amendment rights.
Below is a selection from the brief filed by GOA and GOF today:
“The district court correctly found that Plaintiffs cleared Bruen’s initial hurdle, concluding that ‘Plaintiffs have sufficiently shown that their conduct is covered by the Second Amendment.’ … Rejecting the government’s attempts to muddySource: Gun Owners of America