Silvester v. Harris (Challenge to 10-Day Waiting Period)

Case caption: Silvester v. Harris 

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 Kamala Harris

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.

Status: Judgment by the District Court in favor of Plaintiffs (Second Amendment). Currently on appeal; briefing at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals underway.

BLOG: Part I: The State’s Opening Brief

BLOG: Part II: The Amici in Support of California

BLOG: Part III: The Plaintiffs/Appellees Fire Back in Defense of Your Second Amendment Gun Rights

BLOG: Part IV: The Amici in Support of Silvester, et al.

Ninth Circuit Relevant Filings:

6/2/15: Amici Curiae Gun Owners Foundation, etc. ISO Appellees

6/2/15: Amici Curiae California Rifle & Pistol Assoc. and Gun Owners of California ISO Appellees Silvester, et al.

6/2/15: Amicus Curiae Crime Prevention Research Center ISO Appellees Silvester, et al.

5/25/15: Appellees' Answering Brief

5/25/15: Appellees' Opposition to Appellent's Motion to Take Judicial Notice

4/1/15: Amicus Curiae Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence ISO Harris & Reversal

4/1/15: Amicus Curiae Everytown For Gun Safety ISO Harris & Reversal

4/1/15: Amicus Curiae Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence ISO Harris & Reversal

3/25/15: Appellent's Motion to Take Judicial Notice and Declaration ISO Motion

3/25/15: Appellant's Opening Brief by Kamala D. Harris

Trial Court Relevant Documents:

8/25/14: Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law

The 10-day waiting periods of California Penal Code § 26815(a) and § 27540(a) violate the Second Amendment as applied to those individuals who successfully pass the BFEC/standard background check prior to 10 days and who are in lawful possession of an additional firearm as confirmed by the AFS system;

The 10-day waiting periods of California Penal Code § 26815(a) and § 27540(a) violate the Second Amendment as applied to those individuals who successfully pass the BFEC/standard background check prior to 10 days and who possess a valid CCW license issued pursuant to California Penal Code § 26150 or § 26155;

The 10-day waiting periods of California Penal Code § 26815(a) and § 27540(a) violate the Second Amendment as applied to those individuals who successfully pass the BFEC/standard background check prior to 10 days and who possess both a valid COE issued pursuant to California Penal Code § 26710 and a firearm as confirmed by the AFS system.

12/17/14: Order on Plaintiffs' Motion for Attorneys' Fees

Docket no. 1:11-cv-02137 (link to Archive)

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