California Rifle and Pistol Association, Incorporated v. City of Glendale

California Rifle and Pistol Association, Incorporated v. City of Glendale

United States District Court for the Central District of California

Filed: October 10, 2022

Status: Active

Glendale’s Municipal Code generally bans the possession of firearms and ammunition on “city property” even if an individual has a license to carry a concealed handgun. “City property” is defined to include effectively all public property within the City of Glendale, along with some private property. With the exception of streets, roads, and sidewalks, the Ordinance makes it unlawful for an individual to possess a firearm or ammunition on any public property, publicly controlled-property, or public-affiliated private property in the City of Glendale. 

The City’s ban directly contravenes the Supreme Court’s precedent which states that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home and that right extends to public areas which are not so-called “sensitive places”. While the Supreme Court has not given an exhaustive list of all possible “sensitive places”, Glendale’s Ordinance extends well beyond any interpretation that could be offered. 

On October 10, 2022 the Second Amendment Foundation filed suit, along with two other civil rights organizations. The lawsuit asks a federal court to declare the City’s Ordinance violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments and enjoin the Defendants from enforcing the Ordinance. 

Case Team: Donald Kilmer

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