Though the case doesnâ€™t claim a Second Amendment violation, plaintiffs do argue that commercial advertisement of constitutionally protected products and services â€” whether abortion, contraceptives, or guns â€” is especially clearly protected under the First Amendment.
The plaintiffs are also represented by Benbrookâ€™s colleague Stephen Duvernay and Eugene Volokh, a UCLA law professor who has written and taught extensively about the First and Second Amendments. Before joining the UCLA faculty 20 years ago, Volokh clerked for Judge Alex Kozinski of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and Justice Sandra Day Oâ€™Connor of the U.S. Supreme Court. He also operates the popular legal blog â€œThe Volokh Conspiracy,â€ now hosted at the Washington Post.
California Association of Federal Firearms Licensees, the stateâ€™s firearm industry association, joined gun rights groups The Calguns Foundation and Second Amendment Foundation in support of the case.
The lawsuitâ€™s other plaintiffs include Sacramento Black Rifle of Rocklin, Ten Percent Firearms of Taft, and PRK Arms, a Fresno-based dealer that operates a chain of three stores in Californiaâ€™s Central San Joaquin Valley, as well as business owners Robert Adams, Wesley Morris, and Jeffrey Mullen, respectively.
A copy of the complaint can be viewed at http://www.calgunsfoundation.org/litigation/trap-v-harris.
California Association of Federal Firearm Licensees (www.calffl.org) is Californiaâ€™s most tenacious advocacy group for Second Amendment and related economic rights. CAL-FFL members include firearm dealers, training professionals, shooting ranges, collectors, gun owners, and others who participate in the firearms ecosystem.
The Calguns Foundation (www.calgunsfoundation.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that serves its members, supporters, and the public through educational, cultural, and judicial efforts to advance Second Amendment and related civil rights.
The Second Amendment Foundation (www.saf.org) is the nationâ€™s oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 650,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control.