The Millennial Policy Center, a research and educational center that focuses on millennial issues, recently announced they filed amicus briefs for two gun rights cases.
The first case deals with a California law that criminalizes the possession of magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds of ammunition, which was set to take effect on July 1, 2017, before being enjoined by the district court.
California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra is now requesting that the 9th Circuit vacate that injunction.
According to a press release issued by the MPC, “The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects arms ‘in common use.’ Magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are some of the most common arms in the country: tens of millions of Americans own over 100 million of these magazines nationwide. California's law is extraordinary because it not only bans these extremely popular arms, but it actually confiscates those arms from law-abiding citizens who already own them.”
The MPC’s argument hinges on commonality.
“In the brief, we argue that as arms commonly used by law-abiding citizens, magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds cannot be prohibited,” said Attorney Joseph Greenlee, a Fellow in Constitutional Studies and Firearms Policy at the Center. “We further argue that these magazines are not used disproportionately in crime, and that the ban endangers law-abiding citizens by reducing the number of defensive shots available to them.”
This week, the group announced their second amicus brief for the case of Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, et. al., v. John W. Hickenlooper, which centers on Colorado’s ban on magazines holding larger than 15 rounds. Greenlee filed the second brief on behalf of MPC as well as the Second Amendment Foundation.
In the brief, MPC argues that such a ban violates Colorado’s state constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
“The document focuses on the text of the right – which was the strongest right to arms provision in any state constitution at the time Colorado’s Constitution was ratified in 1876 – and what the right meant to Colorado’s Founders in the nineteenth century.”
The MPC believes that gun rights are vital rights for the millennial generation.
“As a group focused on the future and representing the interests of young Americans, the Millennial Policy Center has a keen interest in the long-term viability of the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms,” said MPC President and CEO Jimmy Sengenberger. “Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We take this seriously, and we will engage in policy debates for freedom, including in the courtroom.”
Peter Van Voorhis (@RepublicanPeter) is a conservative activist, commentator, and journalist who focuses on political issues affecting millennials.