Earlier this month, Proskauer filed an amicus brief on behalf of the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence in support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons, such as the AK-47 or the AR-15, and large-capacity magazines. We filed the brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Worman v. Healey, a case challenging the ban on Second Amendment grounds. Partner Kimberly Mottley and I led the team, with Lindsey Olson Collins and Steven A. Sutro co-authoring the brief.
Since 1998, Massachusetts has banned the sale and possession within the state of military-style assault weapons and large capacity magazines. These same weapons were used in some of America’s deadliest mass shootings: Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut; the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida; the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas, Nevada; Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; and most recently, the Temple of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The popularity of such assault weapons among perpetrators led the New York Times to dub them the “rifles of choice for mass shootings.”