Legal hotline for NAGR members harassed by ATF over Forced Reset Triggers

The ATF doesn’t seem to understand what the word “no” means. It’s very simple: If a federal judge issues a preliminary injunction blocking you from enforcing unlawful action, you don’t do just that.

We currently have a preliminary injunction blocking the ATF from enforcing their Forced Reset Trigger ban against members of the National Association for Gun Rights and Texas Gun Rights.

Specifically, the ATF is not allowed to send our members notice letters or request the “voluntary surrender” of FRTs, or in any way interfere with our members’ lawful possession of FRTs.

Despite that, the ATF has done this not once, but twice since we have received our injunction against them.

When our lawyer called the DOJ attorney representing the ATF, he said “Not our fault, we don’t know who your members are. Give us a list and we’ll tell the ATF not to bother them.”

We will not be giving the ATF a list of our members – ever, under any circumstances.

We will be fighting back against the tyrants at the ATF in the courts, and will be asking for the preliminary injunction to be expanded so the ATF cannot enforce their trigger ban on ANYONE.

(Please note, the nationwide injunction was what we originally asked the court for, since Second Amendment rights should not depend on anyone’s membership in an organization. We will keep fighting for that till everyone is protected from the ATF’s unlawful trigger ban.)

In the meantime, we have set up a legal hotline for our members to call if the ATF harasses anymore of our members over FRTs.

Any NAGR members who are contacted by the ATF over Forced Reset Triggers should call us at 877-205-6554.

Leave us a message, clearly state your information, and tell us what happened. We will verify your membership and be in touch to help.

If you are not already a member, we cannot guarantee that you will be covered by the current preliminary injunction, as it is a legal gray area.  But by joining you will have access to our legal hotline, and if we win a permanent injunction, you will be protected.

The ATF is trying to get around this preliminary injunction and they’re using it as an excuse to get a list of each of our members.

We will not let them get away with it!

Click here to donate to our legal fund and help put an end to the tyrannical and unlawful action of the ATF.

National Foundation for Gun Rights press release

National Foundation for Gun Rights Asking Supreme Court for Emergency Relief from Assault Weapons Ban

Contact: NFGR Press Room
Tel. 877-405-4570

Loveland, CO – The National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) is asking the United States Supreme Court to provide emergency relief from two assault weapons bans in place in Illinois.

NFGR argues that the Illinois ban violates the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution, which guarantees the right of individuals to bear arms. NFGR’s lawsuit also challenges an AR-15 sale ban enacted by the City of Naperville, IL.

NFGR initially requested a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois blocking both the state and local bans on behalf of fellow plaintiff, Naperville gun store owner Robert Bevis, whose livelihood has been severely impacted by both bans. The district court trampled multiple Supreme Court precedents to rule against gun rights, so foundation attorneys appealed to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, pleading that Plaintiff Bevis was facing the loss of his business without speedy relief.

The Seventh Circuit declined to temporarily block the two semi-auto bans pending its review of the preliminary injunction appeal, so NFGR is filing an Emergency Application for Injunction Pending Appellate Review with the U.S. Supreme Court.

“The assault weapons ban is a blatant violation of the rights of law-abiding citizens and does nothing to address the causes of gun violence,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “Between them, Illinois and the City of Naperville are about to drive a law-abiding gun store owner into bankruptcy just because they don’t like his business. That’s grossly unconstitutional, and we’re asking the Supreme Court to put a stop to it.”

The Emergency Appeal may be found here:

The National Association for Gun Rights’ legal defense arm, the National Foundation for Gun Rights works to expand pro-gun precedents and defend gun owners.

The National Foundation for Gun Rights is a 501(c)(3) organization that exists to expand pro-gun precedents and defend gun owners in the courts.


National Foundation for Gun Rights press release

National Foundation for Gun Rights Preparing to Sue New Mexico

National Foundation for Gun Rights press release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 17, 2023

Contact: NFGR Press Room
Tel. 877-405-4570

Santa Fe, NM – Today, the National Foundation for Gun Rights sent a legal warning to leaders in the New Mexico legislature over proposed gun control bills advancing in the legislature. Personally addressed to Speaker of the House Javier Martínez, President Pro Tempore Mimi Stewart, House Judiciary Chair Christine Chandler, and Senate Judiciary Chairman Joseph Cervantes, the letter warns that NFGR will sue the State of New Mexico if the legislature enacts any so-called “assault weapons” or standard capacity magazine bans.

Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham has promised to sign gun control bills which make it to her desk.

“Our legal foundation is currently engaged in litigation aimed at overturning state and local laws banning these weapons and magazines, and we are prepared to add New Mexico to that list,” said Dudley Brown, President of the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “We’re not going to sit by and watch more politicians infringe on the God-given rights of their constituents – and we’ll sue if we have to, our letter makes that crystal clear.”

The National Foundation for Gun Rights recently filed seven lawsuits in five federal court circuits to eliminate unconstitutional magazine and semi-auto gun bans. This nationwide legal effort aims to take out every single ban on semi-automatic weapons and standard capacity magazines for good.

Sent today, the legal warning concludes with the threat of a lawsuit should any bill banning the sale, acquisition, or possession of so-called “assault weapons” or standard-capacity magazines be signed into law.

“Our attorney is standing by with his finger on the button ready to file a challenge to their unconstitutional law before the ink is even dry on the governor’s signature,” said Hannah Hill, Research and Policy Director at the National Foundation for Gun Rights. “Our mission at the National Foundation for Gun Rights is to expand pro-gun precedents and defend gun owners in the courts. We will follow through on that promise should New Mexico ignore the Second Amendment and Bruen decision from last summer.” 

A copy of the legal warning sent to legislative leadership in New Mexico can be viewed at:

The National Association for Gun Rights is the nation’s largest “no compromise” pro-gun organization, with 4.5 million members nationwide.


Pistol Brace Rule Effective Today

The ATF has official entered the Pistol Brace Rule into the Federal Registry as of today, January 31, 2023. This means that the 120-day “grace period” for registering pistol/pistol brace configurations as short barreled rifles under the National Firearms Act (NFA) without paying the $200 tax stamp begins today.

Essentially your chance to register your common pistol on a national gun registry without paying their tax begins today.

DISCLAIMER: The National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) and the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR) do not provide legal advice. This document should not be viewed as legal advice. The National Foundation for Gun Rights does NOT encourage anyone to break the law and encourages all gun owners to seek private legal council for advice on how to handle their specific legal or firearms related situation.

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NFGR Sues Over Just-Enacted Illinois Semi-Auto Ban

We are suing the state of Illinois over their newly passed “assault weapon” ban. While we have not filed any brand new lawsuit, we have been able to amend our current lawsuits in Highland Park and Naperville to incorporate the new state law.

NFGR has been proactive in restoring the rights of Illinoisans taking two ripe opportunities in Highland Park and Naperville to attack existing “assault weapon” bans. By merging the state ban into the existing lawsuits we are able to move the legal process forward much faster than if we had started the whole process over with a new claim.

Not only will this help with resource management by not redoing work we have already done, it will send a clear message to other states considering similar laws. These violations of our freedoms will not be tolerated.

Both our Naperville and Highland Park lawsuits can be read about here.

To help us continue fighting for your rights please donate here.

ATF Publishes Pistol Brace Rule

The ATF has released their long-awaited pistol brace ban. The rule will be effective as soon as it is entered into the federal registry, which must be within 30 days of January 13, 2023.

The rule expands the definition of “rifle” as follows:

“the definition of ‘rifle’ shall include a weapon that is equipped with an accessory, component, or other rearward attachment (e.g., a ‘stabilizing brace’) that provides surface area that allows the weapon to be fired from the shoulder, provided other factors, as described in this preamble and in the amended regulations, indicate that the weapon is designed, made, and intended to be fired from the shoulder.”

This means that nearly any weapon with a pistol brace attached is now a rifle. If the barrel is shorter than 16″ (i.e. a pistol), it would now be classified as a short-barreled rifle and illegal unless the owner registers it with the federal government.

This has major implications for millions of law-abiding firearms holders who use pistol braces with their firearms. Unless they register those firearms with the ATF under the National Firearms Act (and pay $200 per tax stamp), they could be prosecuted for a felony.

This is a massive expansion of the only gun registry currently legal under federal law. With this rule suddenly millions of common everyday pistols get treated similarly to machine guns, silencers, and destructive devices (grenades, poisonous gases, and missiles).

So let’s call this “rule” what it really is. Gun registration for millions American gun owners.

This is a deliberate prelude to one day registering and taxing ALL rifles, pistols, or shotguns under the NFA.

Our legal team is analyzing the entirety of the 293-page document and will have a full legal analysis soon.

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Click here for the full rule.

New York Supreme Court Judge Rules “Red Flag” Law Unconstitutional

On December 20th, 2022 Judge Tom Moran of the New York Supreme Court ruled New York’s Red Flag style gun confiscation law, unconstitutional. Putting a temporary stop to red flag sun confiscation in New York.

This came about when a petitioner only identified as G.W. filed an application in August of 2022 for a Temporary Extreme Risk Protection Order (“TERPO”), the name for New York’s red flag law, against an ex-girlfriend listed as C.N.

C.N. hired a lawyer to defend her on Constitutional grounds ultimately resulting in the ruling that this law is unconstitutional.

This is good news for gun owners. It is the first step in setting legal precedent and it is one of the first times a judge has ruled so strongly against red flag laws.

The court stated, “Second Amendment rights are no less fundamental than, for example, Fourth Amendment rights (the right to liberty), and must be provided the same level of due process and equal protection.”

The court went on to point out, “the Second Amendment establishes that the exercise of a fundamental right ‘shall not be infringed.’ However, [this law], does exactly that.”

Red flag laws, by design, do not respect due process or the language of the Second Amendment. A fact that is revealed quite glaringly in this ruling. This was perfectly summed up in by the judge when he wrote, “While some may advocate that ‘the ends justify the means’ in support of [this law], where those means violate a fundamental right under our Bill of Rights to achieve their ends, then the law, on its face, cannot stand.”

While the court had a good ruling in this case, it did not go so far as to rule that no red flag law under any circumstances can stand. Gun grabbers will always try and find ways to weasel around the Constitution and strip us of our rights. We need to keep fighting to ensure this does not happen.

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To read the entire ruling click here.

San Jose city hall -Photo credit: Daderot

San Jose CA Gun Ownership Tax

The National Foundation for Gun Rights is suing the city of San Jose, California over their unconstitutional gun ownership tax and liability insurance mandate. San Jose passed a “first-of-its-kind” ordinance early in 2022 imposing an annual tax on gun owners simply for exercising their Second Amendment rights.

If this tax is allowed to stand, every left-leaning local government across the country will quickly follow. A victory here will help protect people everywhere from outrageous laws like this.

Read our most recent filing below:

California Data Breach Lawsuit

The National Foundation for Gun Rights is suing California Attorney General Rob Bonta for the outrageous leak of gun owners’ personal data, including full names, dates of birth, race, home addresses, driver’s license numbers, permit issue dates, and criminal histories (if any). This leak violated the Second and Fourth amendments of the Constitution in what appears to be a retaliatory move immediately following the Supreme Court’s pro-gun Bruen ruling. We are arguing that it is unconstitutional for California to collect, maintain, or disclose their citizens’ sensitive personal information in connection with the exercise of the right to keep and bear arms.

Read the complaint below:

Massachusetts “Assault Weapon” and Magazine Ban Lawsuit

The National Foundation for Gun Rights is suing the state of Massachusetts to overturn their so called “assault weapon” and magazine ban. With the decision handed down in Bruen, laws like this one will now need to find their justification in the history, text, and tradition of the Second Amendment. These laws ban firearms that are in common use throughout the United States in violation of the rule set forth in Heller. Massachusetts is in the 1st Circuit of the US Court of Appeals. A victory here will establish good legal precedent throughout the entire circuit, including Maine, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.