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Montana Shooting Sports Association v. Holder

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

August 23, 2013

Montana Shooting Sports Association; Second Amendment Foundation, Inc.; Gary Marbut, Plaintiffs-Appellants,
v.
Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, Defendant-Appellee. and State of Montana, Intervenor,

Argued and Submitted March 4, 2013—Portland, Oregon

Appeal from the United States District Court for the District of Montana D.C. No. 9:09-cv-00147-DWM Donald W. Molloy, District Judge, Presiding

Quentin M. Rhoades (argued), Sullivan, Tabaracci & Rhoades, P.C., Missoula, Montana, for Plaintiffs-Appellants.

Mark R. Freeman (argued), Mark B. Stern, and Abby C. Wright, Appellate Staff, Tony West, Assistant Attorney General, Michael W. Cotter, United States Attorney, United States Department of Justice, Civil Division, Washington, D.C. for Defendant-Appellee.

Nicholas C. Dranias (argued), Goldwater Institute, Phoenix, Arizona; Timothy C. Fox, Gough, Shanahan, Johnson & Waterman, Helena, Montana; and Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute, Washington, D.C., for Amici Curiae The Goldwater Institute and Cato Institute.

Steve Bullock, Montana Attorney General; Zach Zipfel, Assistant Attorney General, Helena, Montana, for Amicus Curiae State of Montana.

Joseph W. Miller, Law Offices of Joseph Miller, LLC, Fairbanks, Alaska; Gary G. Kreep, United States Justice Foundation, Ramona, California; Herbert W. Titus, William J. Olson, John S. Miles, and Jeremiah L. Morgan, William J. Olson, P.C., Vienna, Virginia, for Amici Curiae Gun Owners of America, Inc., Gun Owners Foundation, and Virginia Citizens Defense League.

John E. Bloomquist, Doney Crowley Bloomquist Payne Uda P.C., Helena, Montana, for Amicus Curiae Weapons Collectors Society of Montana.

Timothy Baldwin, Kalispell, Montana, for Amici Curiae Thirty Montana Legislators.

Jonathan E. Lowy and Daniel Vice, Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, Washington, D.C.; Gil N. Peles and Noemi A. Blasutta, Proskauer Rose LLP, Los Angeles, California, for Amici Curiae Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence, International Brotherhood of Police Officers, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, National Black Police Association, National Network to End Domestic Violence, Montana Human Rights Network, and Legal Community Against Violence.

Mark L. Shurtleff, Attorney General, Salt Lake City, Utah; John J. Burns, Attorney General, Juneau, Alaska; Lawrence G. Wasden, Attorney General, Boise, Idaho; Bill Schuette, Attorney General, Lansing, Michigan; Jon Bruning, Attorney General, Lincoln, Nebraska; Alan Wilson, Attorney General, Columbia, South Carolina; Marty J. Jackley, Attorney General, Pierre, South Dakota; Darrell V. McGraw, Jr., Attorney General, Charleston, West Virginia; Gregory A. Phillips, Attorney General, Cheyenne, Wyoming, for Amici Curiae States of Utah, Alaska, Idaho, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Sharon L. Browne and Adam R. Pomeroy, Pacific Legal Foundation, Sacramento, California, for Amicus Curiae Pacific Legal Foundation.

Anthony T. Caso, John C. Eastman, Karen J. Lugo, and David Llewellyn, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Orange, California, for Amici Curiae Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence and Fifteen State Legislators.

Before: A. Wallace Tashima, Richard R. Clifton, and Carlos T. Bea, Circuit Judges.

SUMMARY [*]

Civil Rights

The panel affirmed the district court's dismissal, for failure to state a claim, of an action brought by Gary Marbut, the Montana Shooting Sports Association, and the Second Amendment ...


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