Hogan Lovells files amicus brief for March For Our Lives in support of sensible gun violence prevention laws

Washington, D.C., 13 August 2019 – Hogan Lovells filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court Monday urging the court to preserve the ability of federal, state, and local legislatures to enact important gun safety measures.

The brief was filed pro bono on behalf of March For Our Lives, a non-profit organization of young people in the U.S. advocating for sensible gun violence prevention policies.

The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. The City of New York, asks whether a New York City regulation restricting the transportation of handguns is constitutional.

We argue that the court should adhere to its stated position that the court's "Second Amendment jurisprudence 'by no means eliminates' the ability of Americans, and their governments, 'to devise solutions to social problems that suit local needs and values.'"A decision that cuts off the debate on gun rights by limiting legislatures' ability to pass gun safety laws would silence the voices of millions of Americans, the brief says.

Our brief details the stories of nine young people who were directly impacted by gun violence and have since risen up from that experience to advocate for change. The stories vary from experiencing a school shooting to living every day with gun violence in the community.

  • Brooke Harrison was in her freshman English class at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla. when a shooter opened fire on her classroom. Several of Brooke’s classmates, including her best friend, were among the 17 people killed that day.
  • Trevon Bosley grew up on the South Side of Chicago, where rampant gun violence is the norm. When he was 6, his cousin was killed sitting in his car and when he was 7, his 18-year-old brother was shot and killed. “I learned not to plan too far ahead,” he said.

"It is crucial that the justices do not silence young leaders in America with an overly restrictive ruling in this case," said Ira Feinberg, partner at Hogan Lovells and counsel of record for the amicus brief. "The advocacy spurred by March for Our Lives has started an important national conversation on sensible and urgently needed gun safety legislation, and the court would be remiss if it stifled that path towards change."

"Too often, our conversations about gun safety miss the very real and daily human tragedy of America’s gun violence epidemic," said Jaclyn Corin, a co-founder of March For Our Lives. "Just as March For Our Lives has always done, this brief centers itself in the enduring trauma and suffering thrust onto gun violence survivors and our mass shooting generation writ large. We hope the court will issue a decision that will help put an end to our fears and the daily occurrence of gun violence in America."

The Hogan Lovells team was led by partner Ira Feinberg, senior associate Kirti Datla, and associates Andrew Bank and Evan Guimond.

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