10-11-2018 – Government of California Asks NRA to Join it in Fight Against Open Carry

9-11-2018 – Judge Kavanaugh says Concealed Carry Is Not A Right – NRA Lawyer Says He’s Wrong

9-3-2018 – Professors of Law Say 9th Circuit Open Carry Decision is Now The Law – Young v. Hawaii Lawyer Says It Isn’t

8-15-2018 – Why Are Gun-Rights Lawyers Hiding From 9th Circuit Open Carry Decision?

7-30-2018 – When Will We Be Able to Openly Carry a Firearm in the 9th Circuit?

6-20-2018 – The Second Amendment is in a Coma ten years after the Heller decision

5-13-2018 – NRA Loses Fake Open Carry Lawsuit, Files Three More Concealed Carry Lawsuits

3-4-2018 – Is There a Right to Keep and Bear Arms Outside of our Home?

1-13-2018 – The Guns of February, A Story of Two Three-Judge Panels

12-13-2017 – California Open Carry Lawsuit to be Heard by 9th Circuit on February 15, 2018

11-10-2017 – The End of California Concealed Carry

10-15-2017 – Governor Brown Signs Bill Allowing Guns Inside of Gun-Free School Zones

10-12-2017 – Is There a Right to Keep and Bear Arms? 9th Circuit to Decide in 2018

9-12-2017 – NRA Open Carry Lawsuit Opposes Open Carry

9-3-2017 – Supreme Court Long Conference on September 25, 2017

8-14-2017 – A Declaration That Open Carry Is the Right

7-28-2017 – Transcript Released in NRA’s Fake Open Carry Lawsuit

7-24-2017 – 50th Anniversary of California’s Loaded Open Carry Ban

7-12-2017 – Can we Save Our Right to Keep and Bear Arms?

6-27-2017 – Supreme Court Decides to Wait for Another Second Amendment Case

6/15/2017 – The Evil Practice of Carrying Weapons Secretly

6/6/2017 – NRA Lawyer says Odds are Supreme Court will NOT take Concealed Carry Case

6/2/2017 – The NRA Lost Another Second Amendment Appeal Today

5/29/2017 – Lead Plaintiff in Supreme Court Concealed Carry Appeal says Courts are Corrupt

5/23/2017 – Peruta Concealed Carry Lawsuit has Waited 2,768 Days – Supreme Court says Wait Longer

5/20/2017 – Second Amendment Case Peruta vs. California May Strike-Out at Supreme Court

5/03/2017 – Did the NRA Take a Dive in its Fake Open Carry Lawsuit?

5/01/2017 – Supreme Court Again Silent on Second Amendment

04/22/2017 – Supreme Court Math and Concealed Carry in Peruta v. California

04/14/2017 – Federal Judge Upholds Nonexistent Gun Ban

04/12/2017 – Concealed Carry, Incest, Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court

04/05/2017 – Justice Neil Gorsuch and the Second Amendment

3/29/2017 – The Next Second Amendment Handgun Carry Case to Go Down in Flames

3/28/2017 – Federal Judge Tells NRA to Put Up or Shut Up in Open Carry Lawsuit

3/22/2017 – Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor Finally Recognizes the Second Amendment

3/13/2017 – Another Second Amendment Appeal Shot-Down by the 9th Circuit

3/10/2017 – US Supreme Court to Decide Concealed Carry Petition in Two Weeks

3/5/2017 – The Florida Supreme Court Just Handed The US Supreme Court a Second Amendment Case It Can’t Refuse

2/23/2017 – California Asks Supreme Court to Wait For Nichols v. Brown Open Carry Appeal

2/15/2017 – NRA Got Spanked for Valentine’s Day!

2/3/2017 – President Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Neil Gorsuch

1/24/2017 -A Concealed Carry Case SCOTUS Can’t Refuse

1/23/2017 -President Trump’s Judicial Opportunity and Conundrum

1/13/2017 -NRA Tells Supreme Court Open Carry is Perverse

1/11/2017 – NRA Drops Supreme Court Concealed Carry Appeal

12/30/2016 – NRA Asks US Supreme Court To Hear Two Concealed Carry Lawsuits

12/10/2016 – National Concealed Carry Snake Oil Law Will Fail

11/29/2016 – What Lies Ahead for the Second Amendment?

11/10/2016 – The Second Amendment and President Trump

10/03/2016 – A Federal 9th Circuit Judge Finally Finds a Right to Bear Arms in Public

9/28/2016 – Are You Protected by the Fourth Amendment if You Carry a Firearm?

9/20/2016 – Two Concealed Carry Cases Fire Blanks in U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit

9/8/2016 – Another Second Amendment Appeal Crashing and Burning in 9th Circuit

8/24/2016 – Concealed Carry Snake Oil and Kool-Aid Peddlers Leave Town for DC

8/18/2016 – The NRA Files Legal Challenge To California Open Carry Bans – But Not Really

8/17/2016 – The Battle for the Second Amendment Moves to Hawaii

8/15/2016 – There is No Right to Concealed Carry – 9th Circuit Denies Full Court Petitions

8/5/2016 – Did California Lie to 11 Federal Judges in Second Amendment Lawsuits?

7/15/2016 – God Save The US From The Second Amendment Lawyers

7/8/2016 – NRA Segregation Now, Tomorrow, and Forever Position Must Fail

7/4/2016 – Try Recalling California’s Anti-Gun Politicians Before Starting Your Revolution

6/27/2016 – NRA Head Wayne LaPierre Really, Really Hates the Second Amendment

6/24/2016 – Judges Who Uphold Bans on Concealed Carry Are Not the Same as Judges Who Look the Other Way When Police Murder People in the Street

6/15/2016 – Where is the NRA’s California Open Carry Lawsuit?

6/13/2016 – What’s Next for the Right to Carry Firearms in Public?

6/8/2016 – Florida Supreme Court Justices Voice Contempt for the Second Amendment

6/5/2016 – Florida Supreme Court to Hear Second Amendment Carry Case with National Ramifications

5/17/2016 – The Second Amendment and the Concealed Carry Problem

5/11/2016 – Federal Court of Appeals Goes Berserk During Second Amendment Gun Case Hearing

5/10/2016 – California Supreme Court Shoots Itself In Foot Over Gun Case

4/25/2016 – Second Amendment Foundation Files Another Concealed Carry Lawsuit: May Backfire

4/13/2016 – Has the NRA Come to Bury the Second Amendment or to Defend It? –

4/6/2016 – Second Amendment Must Wait A Bit Longer In 9th Circuit

3/26/2016 – Concealed Carry of Concealable Firearm in a Vehicle Now a Crime of Moral Turpitude

3/21/2016 – Supreme Court decision wasn’t about stun guns – It was about the Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. Heller which is bad news for concealed carry

3/7/2016 – How to Stop Anti-Gun Bills in California from Becoming Law

3/3/2016 – The California Supreme Court Case Which Could Upend the Gun-Groups Concealed Carry Lawsuits

2/24/2016 – The Second Amendment – Checkmate in Four Moves?

2/10/2016 – Why California’s Waiting Period to Purchase a Firearm Will Be Upheld

2/3/2016 – Florida House of Representatives Passes Handgun Open Carry Bill

1/27/2016 – The NRA Thinks Not Getting Caught In A Lie Is The Same Thing As Telling The Truth

12/11/2015 – Why Were the San Bernardino Shooting Victims Unarmed?

11/20/2015 – Attorney Alan Gura May Have Fumbled Another Second Amendment Case

11/20/2015 – HELP WANTED: Competent Second Amendment Lawyer – Inquire Within

11/9/2015 – The Supreme Court may have Finally Found its Next Second Amendment Case

9/2/2015 – Full Derp Battle over Concealed Carry in District of Columbia

9/1/2015 – National Rifle Association Drops Lawsuit against San Francisco

8/31/2015 – The Future of the Second Amendment in California and Hawaii

8/25/2015 – Yes, America, the Second Amendment is a Universal Right!

8/14/2015 – Will this be the Supreme Court’s Next Second Amendment Case?

7/3/2015 – The Future of Open Carry in California Looks Bright

6/16/2015 – State of California Concedes Second Amendment Extends Outside the Home

6/8/2015 – The Second Amendment is Now in the Hands of these Eleven Judges

6/8/2015 – Supreme Court Won’t Hear Second Amendment Cases Until there is a Circuit Split

5/29/2015 – NRA Opposes Open Carry – NRA Now Takes Credit for New Texas Handgun Open Carry Law

5/26/2015 – Four Years Ago Today: Is Open Carry The Right Guaranteed By The Second Amendment

5/18/2015 – Why the Second Amendment Keeps Losing in Court

5/2/2015 – Black Panther Party Invades California Capitol – 48 Years Ago Today

5/1/2015 – The NRA Rearranges Deck Chairs on the Titanic

4/22/2015 – Chief Judge of 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Grants Motion of Lone Voice Defending the Second Amendment Open Carry Right

4/11/2015 – An Open Letter to the Orange County Register’s Editorial on Concealed Carry

4/03/2015 – Another Shoe Drops on the California Concealed Carry Lawsuits

2/27/2015 – Federal Judge Says No Second Amendment Right To Own Firearms

12/6/2014 – The First Shoe Drops On California Concealed Carry Lawsuits

11/30/2014 – Open Carry Gunfight At The California Corral: Start Of Year Four

11/30/2014 – California Open Carry Gunfight Begins Its Fourth Year

11/12/2014 – California Concealed Carry Permits – The Fat Lady Still Hasn’t Sung in Peruta v. San Diego

10/17/2014 – It may be Legal to Carry a Handgun in the Nation’s Capitol by Christmas

10/3/2014 – Another California Concealed Carry Lawsuit Loses before a Federal Judge

8/18/2014 – District of Columbia asks Court for More Time to Enact New Handgun Carry Ban

8/13/2014 – California Concealed Carry Case Peruta v. San Diego – Poised to Move or Stuck in the Mud?

7/30/2014 – Federal Judge Reluctantly Stays his Ruling in DC Handgun Ban

7/28/2014 – The DC Handgun Carry Decision – Throwing Victory into the Jaws of Defeat

7/26/2014 – Ban on Carrying Firearms in Public is Unconstitutional says DC Judge

7/21/2014 – The non-repeal of D.C., Gun-Control

7/2/2014 – US Supreme Court Still Silent On Second Amendment

6/28/2014 – Federal Judge Says Minorities Barred From Bringing Civil Rights Lawsuits

6/7/2014 – The NRA Supports Open Carry Except When The NRA Opposes Open Carry

6/2/2014 – NRA Lawyer Says California Concealed Carry Decision Likely To Be Overturned

6/1/2014 – NRA leadership Comes Out Of The Closet In Its Opposition To Open Carry

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Palmer v. DC Appeal No.: 14-7180


Mandate Issued on April 2, 2015 – This Appeal is Closed.

April 2, 2015 – DC voluntarily dismisses its own appeal.

“Rather than defend its previous handgun
law, the District will focus on defending challenges to its current licensing regime,
which complies with the district court’s ruling.”


This is an appeal of the judgment in Palmer v. District of Columbia 1:09-cv-01482-FJS.

APPELLANT Brief due 03/16/2015.

APPENDIX due 03/16/2015.

APPELLEE Brief due on 04/15/2015.

APPELLANT Reply Brief due 04/29/2015


Update February 20, 2015 – There is unlikely to be any significant updates until the appeal is fully briefed.

Update February 18, 2015 – The briefing schedule is set.

02/03/2015 Open Document CLERK’S ORDER filed [1535753] setting briefing schedule: APPELLANT Brief due 03/16/2015. APPENDIX due 03/16/2015. APPELLEE Brief due on 04/15/2015. APPELLANT Reply Brief due 04/29/2015 [14-7180]

Update January 8, 2015 – There is nothing new as of 3:45 pm Pacific Time.

Update November 26, 2014 – The Defendants filed a MOTION OF APPELLANTS TO HOLD CASE IN ABEYANCE.

Update November 23, 2014 – I have created this page to keep track of the appeal of the judgment by Judge Scullin which overturned DC’s ban on carrying firearms in public (openly and concealed).  On 11-19-2014, Palmer filed an Appellee’s Motion for Summary Affirmance which is “A declaration by an appellate court that a judgment, order, or decree of a lower court that has been brought before it for review is valid and will be upheld.”  If granted then there will not be merit briefs filed or oral arguments.

These motions are not unheard of but are somewhat rare.  A quick search reveals that two were granted in the DC Circuit Court of Appeals this year.


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General Docket
United States Court of Appeals for District of Columbia Circuit
Court of Appeals Docket #: 14-7180 Docketed: 11/19/2014
Termed: 04/02/2015
Nature of Suit: 3950 Constitutionality of State Statutes
Tom Palmer, et al v. DC, et al
Appeal From: United States District Court for the District of Columbia
Fee Status: Fee Waived
Case Type Information:
     1) Civil Private
     2) Private
Originating Court Information:
     District: 0090-1 : 1:09-cv-01482-FJS Lead: 1:09-cv-01482-FJS
     Court Reporter: Bowles Reporting Services, Court Reporter
     Court Reporter: Patricia Kaneshiro-Miller, Court Reporter
     Court Reporter: Annie Shaw
     Trial Judge: Frederick J. Scullin, Junior, U.S. Senior District Judge
     Date Filed: 08/06/2009
     Date Order/Judgment:      Date NOA Filed:
     11/06/2014      11/14/2014

02/03/2015 Open Document CLERK’S ORDER filed [1535753] setting briefing schedule: APPELLANT Brief due 03/16/2015. APPENDIX due 03/16/2015. APPELLEE Brief due on 04/15/2015. APPELLANT Reply Brief due 04/29/2015 [14-7180]
02/27/2015 Open Document MOTION filed [1539894] by DC and Cathy L. Lanier to extend time to file brief to 04/15/2015. (Response to Motion served by mail due on 03/12/2015) [Service Date: 02/27/2015 by CM/ECF NDA] Pages: 1-10. [14-7180] (Johnson, Holly)
03/02/2015 Open Document RESPONSE IN SUPPORT FILED [1540079] by George Lyon, Amy McVey, Tom G. Palmer, Edward Raymond and Second Amendment Foundation, Inc. to motion to extend time [1539894-2] [Service Date: 03/02/2015 by CM/ECF NDA] Pages: 1-10. [14-7180] (Gura, Alan)
03/02/2015 Open Document CLERK’S ORDER filed [1540276] granting appellants’ motion to enlarge the briefing schedule by thirty days [1539894-2], The following revised briefing schedule will now apply: APPELLANT Brief due 04/15/2015. APPENDIX due 04/15/2015. APPELLEE Brief due on 05/15/2015. APPELLANT Reply Brief due 05/29/2015 [14-7180]
03/12/2015 Open Document MODIFIED PARTY FILER–NOTICE filed [1542064] by The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence of intention to participate as amicus curiae. [Disclosure Listing: Not Attached] [Service Date: 03/12/2015 ] [14-7180]–[Edited 03/12/2015 by JJA] (Levin, Adam)
03/27/2015 Open Document MODIFIED PARTY FILER–CONSENT NOTICE filed [1544690] by DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice of intention to participate as amicus curiae. [Disclosure Listing: Attached] [Service Date: 03/27/2015 ] [14-7180] [14-7180]–[Edited 03/27/2015 by JJA] (Valentini, Francesco)
03/27/2015 Open Document ENTRY OF APPEARANCE [1544808] filed by Paul R.Q. Wolfson and co-counsel Francesco Valentini on behalf of Amicus Curiae for Appellant DC Appleseed Center for Law & Justice. [14-7180] (Valentini, Francesco)
04/02/2015 Open Document UNOPPOSED MOTION filed [1545570] by DC and Cathy L. Lanier to dismiss case voluntarily [Service Date: 04/02/2015 ] Pages: 1-10. [14-7180] (Johnson, Holly)
04/02/2015 Open Document CLERK’S ORDER filed [1545602] granting motion to dismiss case voluntarily [1545570-2], issuing mandate [14-7180]
04/02/2015 MANDATE ISSUED to Clerk, District Court [14-7180]