Supreme Court Justices Holding Case?
1/28/20. SCOTUS met on Monday but released no new grants. The justices will now be in winter recess. Their next conference is scheduled for Friday 2/21/20 with a potential listing of new cases announced on Monday 2/24/20. Click here for relevant post on SCOTUS Blog.
1/17/20. The court may be waiting until after NYSRPA v NYC: The Supreme Court has not released a decision regarding our case. At this time it appears that they are holding it until after they release their decision on the New York State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v NYC case that was argued last month.
We are still hoping for an answer from the court sometime during the next month, regarding whether or not our legal team will be able to appear before them to argue the merits of our case.
A bit more info from SCOTUSBlog: “The Supreme Court does not appear to have redistributed the petition in Worman v. Healey, the challenge to the Massachusetts ban on possession of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The justices considered the case for the first time at their conference last week; if the petition is not redistributed for this week’s conference, it could signal that the justices are holding the case until they rule on another gun-rights case that was argued in December, New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York.” Read the article.
GOAL Legal Team Files Response
1/2/2020 – Our legal team has filed a response to AG Healey’s brief, which asked the Supreme Court not to hear our pending case regarding her enforcement notice of July 2016. This new response nicely outlines why our Supreme Court should hear the case. Click here to read the brief.
In other news, the case is scheduled for conference on 1/10/20. This means that we should have an answer soon to follow from the court regarding whether or not they will hear the case.
Waiting for SCOTUS Announcement
The deadline for filing passed at midnight on December 9, 2019. AG Healey filed a brief for the case shortly before the deadline that you can read here. Nothing additional was filed before the deadline. We now await the court’s conference report and hope for good news. Typically these types of announcements are made 6-8 weeks after the deadline, so hopefully we will have an answer by Valentines Day at the latest. See links below for more info about the case.
SCOTUS Grants Extension at Request of AG Healey
On Friday 10/25 – the last day available, the defendants in GOAL’s Worman v. Baker case filed for, and were granted a forty-day extension to respond to our legal team’s request to be heard by the United States Supreme Court, also known as a petition for writ of certiorari. This case challenges Massachusetts’s unconstitutional ban on commonly-owned, semi-automatic firearms as a violation of the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, citing the Supreme Court rulings in District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago.
There have also been a number of notable groups who have filed amicus briefs in support of our case. See below for links to amicus briefs and more info.
Click here for more information about GOAL’s legal team filing to be heard by the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
Amicus brief of Cato Institute, Firearms Policy Coalition, Firearms Policy Foundation, California Gun Rights Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership, Madison Society Foundation, Independence Institute submitted.
Brief amici curiae of National Association of Chiefs of Police et al. filed.
Brief amicus curiae of National African American Gun Association, Inc. filed.
Amicus brief of The National Rifle Association of America, Inc. submitted.
Amicus brief of Commonwealth Second Amendment, Inc. submitted.