FPC and FPCAF File Brief in Support of Lawsuit Challenging Colorado’s Young Adult Gun Ban By: Firearms Policy Coalition


DENVER (February 15, 2024) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) and FPC Action Foundation (FPCAF) announced the filing of an important brief with the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals in support of the Plaintiffs-Appellees in RMGO v. Polis, which challenges Colorado’s ban on gun purchases by 18-20-year-old adults. The brief can be viewed at FPCLegal.org.

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“The Governor cannot justify the ban on sales to 18-to-20-year-old adults with tradition because the only regulations that applied to 18-to-20-year-olds at or before the Founding were laws requiring them to keep and bear arms,” argues the brief. “The colonies and states depended on armed 18-to-20-year-olds to serve in the militia, posse comitatus, watch and ward, and hue and cry. Indeed, when the Second Amendment was ratified, virtually every 18-to-20-year-old who had ever lived in America possessed and carried arms.”

“Colorado is the latest state to unconstitutionally tread upon the constitutionally protected rights of 18-to-20-year-old adults,” said Cody J. Wisniewski, FPC Action Foundation’s Vice President and General Counsel, and counsel for FPC. “Just as courts across the nation have done, we look forward to the Tenth Circuit affirming that Colorado’s law is unconstitutional and preventing the state from enforcing it.”

FPC and FPC Action Foundation filed this amici curiae brief in support of two 18-to-20-year old individuals in Colorado and Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, who filed the underlying case.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (firearmspolicy.org), a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs.

FPC Law (FPCLaw.org) is the nation’s first and largest public interest legal team focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, and the leader in the Second Amendment litigation and research space.

FPC Action Foundation (FPCActionFoundation.org), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty through charitable legal action, public policy, education, and research programs.