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AMAC Files Amicus Brief With 9th Circuit on Self-Defense Case Fouts, et al. v. Bonta

Posted on Thursday, June 27, 2024
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BOHEMIA, N.Y., June 27, 2024 – The Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), an advocacy organization representing two million active dues-paying members nationwide, is beyond proud to announce that we have recently filed an amicus brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Case Number 24-1039, Fouts, et al. v. Bonta, urging the Ninth Circuit to consider the legal and constitutional ramifications of California’s sweeping Cal. Penal Code § 22210, commonly referred to as the “Billy Ban.”

AMAC has joined as amicus curiae in support of the plaintiffs-appellees in the case, Fouts, et al. v. Bonta for a number of reasons, the first and foremost being that the interests of older American citizens could be negatively and directly affected by California’s law, Cal. Penal Code § 22210.  This law, which has been on the books for decades, essentially criminalizes the possession of “any instrument or weapon of the kind commonly known as a billy.” At the core of our concerns, is that as written, Cal. Penal Code § 22210 is overly broad, with too much latitude and openness for arbitrary enforcement, a situation that could unfairly penalize American citizens simply living their lives. 

Most concerningly, under the law, California’s “Billy Ban” could be used to charge Americans using everyday implements – including older Americans using canes or walking sticks – with a felony if those implements are considered to be a “billy club” by the State. Given the overly broad nature of Cal. Penal Code § 22210, and the potential for ordinary Americans to be erroneously and unfairly punished under the statute, AMAC firmly believed that we needed to add our voice to those persuasively arguing that this law should be reexamined by the federal judiciary. 

It is important to note that while AMAC is proud to support the plaintiffs-appellees with our brief, it is always unfortunate when the liberties of American citizens – which are protected and codified by our Constitution – are threatened by clumsy and problematic laws such as California’s “Billy Ban.” AMAC acknowledges that the price of freedom is eternal vigilance, and as such, we citizens are obligated to ensure that our liberties are preserved through continued alertness, diligence, understanding, and action.

Moreover, we are disappointed that even in the wake of several high-profile and soundly-reasoned decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court, such as Heller (2008)McDonald (2010), and Bruen (2022), activist anti-2nd amendment governors, legislators and city councils continue to ignore the Supreme Court and pass flagrantly unconstitutional laws and regulations in brazen defiance of the high court’s expertise and authority. 

“The United States Supreme Court has already provided clear guidance on how to approach and decide Second Amendment cases, and by extension, arms ban cases such as Fouts v. Bonta. Of course, the predictable reaction from anti-gun politicians like Governors Gavin Newsom and Kathy Hochul in the wake of the Supreme Court’s rulings – and more alarmingly, by activist judges in the lower courts – has been to manipulate and pervert the Supreme Court’s guidance, prioritizing political ends over the rule of law. The Second Amendment exists precisely to protect the American people from this overreaching behavior,” stated David Weber, AMAC’s Chief Operating Officer.

For AMAC, the language of the U.S. Constitution is plain and clear – self-defense is a fundamental natural right, not to be infringed – and recent rulings from the U.S. Supreme Court only further reinforce the importance and true meaning of the Second Amendment.

“The anti-gun lobby knows they cannot win on merit because they stand fundamentally opposed to the Constitution, they ignore history, and because the reality of self-empowering gun ownership and self-defense in America is one that conflicts starkly with their erroneous worldview. As a result, they operate outside the bounds of law and reason, using fear and manipulation to further their cause. We must remain engaged and unwavering in our defense of our constitutional rights, including the Second Amendment. It is not a second-class right and it is for these wider reasons that AMAC felt compelled to join the plaintiff-appellees with our brief,” Weber continued. 

As this case makes its way through the federal judiciary, AMAC looks forward to seeing proper resolution regarding the issues at hand, with Cal. Penal Code § 22210 struck down to enhance the rights of law-abiding citizens of California.

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Rob citizenship
Rob citizenship
16 days ago

Praise for all the AMAC members involved in this amicus curiae case . This matter is significant because of the ethical issues involved. It is an ethical issue when the liberties of older American citizens are put in jeopardy by groups that are fundamentally opposed to using good sense and disrespect the Constitution. In the spirit of honor, honesty, integrity, courage and loyalty.

spitfire
spitfire
15 days ago

Woe to those who decree unjust statutes and to those who continually record unjust decisions to deprive the needy of justice,and to rob the poor of my people of their rights”. Isaiah. 10:1,2

Jackie
Jackie
15 days ago

Anything that you can use to defend yourself against the criminals is illegal.As an American you are required to just take your beating, hand over your property and beg for your life.I will defend myself and family with anything handy.

Richard Kosack
Richard Kosack
15 days ago

Why are so many “Liberal” governments so interested in preventing citizens to defend themselves from criminal actions?

Jim Allen
Jim Allen
15 days ago

It’s a sad day, when we, as law abiding people have to defend our rights against criminals, scammers, crooked attorneys, crooked politicians, a tyrannical out of control government, terrorist, and everyone else that threatens our freedom and way of life! Thank you Amac for standing up!

Cher
Cher
15 days ago

So happy to hear AMAC expressing these concerns WE THE PEOPLE HAVE about Dems trying to ‘take over’ and PUSH their ravenous agendas onto US. We’re TIRED of Dems ruining our lives and our peace and safety! THANK YOU AMAC!

R Anthony Botti
R Anthony Botti
15 days ago

I recall reading, in James C. Roberts’ 1980 book “The Conservative Decade: Emerging Leaders of the 1980s,” that a conservative student newspaper at some university had run a sarcastic article about “blunt instrument control” – which imagined the government banning the ownership of “rolling pins, sash weights …and plaster busts of Brahms.”

LUKE KNIGHT
LUKE KNIGHT
15 days ago

This is an attempt by Calif. to remove any object a person could use to protect themselves for shame on Calif. you could furnish ball sats to the criminals.

Jill Williams
Jill Williams
15 days ago

California can kiss my butt. If I did not have my càne at my sister n laws,her dog would have ripped out my throat. I’m disabled and need a cane to walk with. I had to use my cane to keep the dog away from my throat, he only got my hands and wrists. My right wrist fell to my side and I couldn’t move it. It took everything I had to shove that cane and dog off of me. The owners were only concerned with the dog and left me on the ground. I spent 3 days in the second hospital, because the one didn’t have what they needed to treat my wounds

Word of Truth
Word of Truth
13 days ago

Some of these governors, politicians and judges need to be arrested for defying the Supreme Court.

Dorothy
Dorothy
14 days ago

29 June 2024 Saturday
I’m glad to hear AMAC is taking it to them. The vigilance we all must have is foremost directed at so-called lawmakers we put into office to WORK FOR US, meaning to WORK WITHIN the confines of the American Constitution, Declaration of Independence, and the clearly worded BILL OF RIGHTS. If our employed lawmakers do not earnestly confine their considerations within those constraints then they must learn to expect they will be yanked from their chairs.
In that vein, we must STOP ALL LOBBYING. Much mischief is achieved by it.
Lobbying : To address or solicit members of a legislative body in the lobby or elsewhere, with the purpose to influence their votes; in an extended sense, to try to influence decision-makers in any circumstance. [U.S.] –Bartlett. — [1913 Webster] 
— From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
11 days ago

“Better to be judged by 12 than killed by one” I’m too old to scrap with someone younger than me so I’m kicking, biting, and swinging whatever I get my gands on!

Pete M
Pete M
14 days ago

Thank you AMAC!!!

James DeBona
James DeBona
14 days ago

Speaking strictly on behalf of California as well as any other deep blue cesspool of the country; Older Americans tend to lean conservative, so the more of them we allow to be killed by criminals the better! Insane!

Rich
Rich
14 days ago

Thank you AMAC for taking this stand.

David Millikan
David Millikan
15 days ago

Well done AMAC.

Tom
Tom
6 days ago

I’m thinking the Khalitardistan State Assembly should be arrested and charged with crimes against the Constitution and humanity.

Helen
Helen
7 days ago

Thank you, AMAC!!! Great move!!!

Old Silk
Old Silk
11 days ago

Idiots prosecuting for using a walking stick. Frankly, the stick might be useful if it came right down to beating back a criminal. Bad enough that some 4’9″ little old lady waving her little hand flag gets thrown into the hoosegow for going to visit Brumidi frescoes, Charters of Freedom, Statuary Hall, but now they are not to use their canes to take a stroll down the street. Why not just tell them, “Sorry, this is not your country anymore. We have turned it into a grotesque object of crime, filth and everything vile, so this is our country, and we have reserved the land for ourselves and new world order elites.”. Jackasses. Thanks, AMAC.

Cynthia Howe
Cynthia Howe
11 days ago

Thank you AMAC for taking this action!

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