Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten File Amicus Curiae Brief in the United States Supreme Court
Today, shareholders Craig A. Livingston and Crystal L. Van Der Putten filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of LLF client, The National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. The brief supports the petition for writ of certiorari filed by plaintiffs/petitioners in the Teixeira v. County of Alameda case out of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. In its en banc decision, the Ninth Circuit affirmed dismissal of Teixeira’s Second Amendment claims following the County’s denial of a permit to open a full-service firearms dealership in an unincorporated area. The NSSF brief argues that along with the right to acquire and possess firearms under the Supreme Court’s seminal District of Columbia v. Heller Second Amendment decision, there is also a free-standing right to sell firearms, ammunition and related products and services. The brief also argues for the application of a heightened level of constitutional scrutiny to local ordinances, like the Alameda County zoning ordinance at issue, which have the effect of restricting the exercise of fundamental Second Amendment rights.