Jeff Silvester v. Attorney General Xavier Becerra (10-day waiting period lawsuit)


  • Filed: December 23, 2011 (Federal Eastern District of California, Fresno)
  • Plaintiffs/Appellees: Jeffrey Silvester, Brandon Combs, The Calguns Foundation, Second Amendment Foundation
  • Defendant/Appellant: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra
  • Summary: Second and Fourteenth Amendment challenge to California’s mandatory “10-day waiting period” for those who (1) have a California Certificate of Eligibility, (2) have a California License to Carry, or (3) have firearms already registered to them with the State of California.
  • History: Judgment by the District Court in favor of Plaintiffs following a trial. Ninth Circuit 3-judge panel reversed the judgement of the District Court, then denied en banc rehearing.
  • Status: Petition for certiorari filed September 1, 2017

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2017-9-1: Petition for Certiorari (with app.)

2017-10-6: Brief of Amicus Curiae Crime Prevention Research Center in Support of Petitioners 

2017-10-26: Brief of Firearms Policy Foundation, Firearms Policy Coalition, Madison Society Foundation, and Gun Owners of California, as Amici Curiae in Support of Granting Certiorari

2017-10-26: Brief for The Cato Institute as Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners


2017-4-4: Order Denying Petition for Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc

2017-2-13: Petition for Rehearing or Rehearing En Banc

2016-12-14: Ninth Circuit Panel Opinion

2016-2-9: Oral Argument at Ninth Circuit - San Francisco

2015-6-30: Appellant’s Reply Brief

2015-6-2: Amici Curiae Gun Owners Foundation, etc. ISO Appellees

2015-6-2: Amici Curiae California Rifle & Pistol Assoc. and Gun Owners of California ISO Appellees Silvester, et al.

2015-6-2: Amicus Curiae Crime Prevention Research Center ISO Appellees Silvester, et al.

2015-5-25: Appellees' Answering Brief

2015-5-25: Appellees' Opposition to Appellent's Motion to Take Judicial Notice

2015-4-1: Amicus Curiae Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ISO Harris & Reversal

2015-4-1: Amicus Curiae Everytown For Gun Safety ISO Harris & Reversal

2015-4-1: Amicus Curiae Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence ISO Harris & Reversal

2015-3-25: Appellent's Motion to Take Judicial Notice and Declaration ISO Motion

2015-3-25: Appellant's Opening Brief by Kamala D. Harris


2014-12-17: Order on Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees

2014-8-25: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

2014-3-10: Trial Brief of Defendant Kamala Harris Attorney General of California 

2014-3-10: Plaintiffs' Trial Brief

2011-12-23: Complaint