Bradley’s experienced team of attorneys offers a range of legal services from Second Amendment advocacy through and including the varied litigation and other sophisticated needs of the firearms industry. We relentlessly pursue the interests of our clients, who trust us for our in-depth knowledge, sophisticated approach, and proven track record. We speak proudly on behalf of the firearms industry and stand firmly behind them, in terms of both their economic viability and the products they manufacture.

Having worked on some of the nation’s highest-profile Second Amendment matters, the team has developed substantial relationships with the nation’s leading Second Amendment and pro-firearms organizations. We are trusted advisors for many leaders in the firearms industry, providing them with counsel in respect to every aspect of their businesses, from protecting their marketplaces to helping them navigate the legal landscape.

Our cross-disciplinary Firearms Industry team also supports the firearms industry in issues related to construction, government contracts, and business-to-business litigation. Other areas of focus include:

  • Business location and economic incentives – As firearm manufacturers face increased pressures in some locales, our Economic Development team is ready to assist clients who may benefit from relocating their operations to regions and states that are more supportive of the industry. Our Firearms Industry team understands the complexities of every aspect of the business location process at the state and local levels, including economic development incentives, land use, and site selection. We have also built strong relationships over many years with key governmental, economic development, and civic leaders.
  • Mergers and acquisitions – Our M&A lawyers draw from a wealth of knowledge in tax, employee benefits, intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, and banking and public finance law, as well as nontransactional areas such as environmental, labor and employment, immigration, and federal and state government affairs.
  • Product liability – Our Firearms Industry team has substantial experience in defending firearms manufacturers against product liability actions, including mass actions and class actions, throughout the country. We have represented major firearms manufacturers in alleged product defect and accidental discharge cases, and in wrongful death actions.

Bradley attorneys practice on the cutting edge of Second Amendment litigation at the trial and appellate levels of state and federal courts throughout the United States. We are committed to protecting individual rights to own and possess firearms, along with the firearms industry’s right to produce and sell firearms, as well as standard-capacity magazines and common ammunition.

Our Second Amendment cases have ranged from defending high-exposure civil liability claims to civil rights litigation and the preservation of Second Amendment rights. Our litigation activity includes filing amicus curiae briefs in the:

  • U.S. Supreme Court, defending Second Amendment rights of individuals on behalf of 900 state lawmakers, successfully supporting incorporation of the right to bear arms through the 14th Amendment
  • U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of the NRA, endorsing the restoration of all federal civil rights, including the right to keep and bear arms, for nonviolent federal felons who have had their state civil rights restored
  • U.S. Supreme Court, on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, challenging a local ban of protected firearms and standard-capacity magazines
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals, including briefs filed by the NRA and Remington Arms Co., LLC, in support of the appellants in the New York SAFE Act case
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation, challenging a local ban of protected firearms and standard-capacity magazines
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, on behalf of the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute, Inc., challenging San Francisco’s ban on common defensive handgun ammunition
  • Maryland Court of Appeals, on behalf of the NRA in support of an individual convicted of perjury for correctly reporting, when he applied to purchase a handgun, that he had never been committed, notwithstanding a judge’s false finding that he had been
  • Maryland Court of Special Appeals, on behalf of the Pink Pistols supporting a Baltimore City Circuit Court ruling that the Baltimore City Firearms Registry was unconstitutionally vague in its requirements
  • Alabama Court of Criminal Appeals and Alabama Supreme Court, on behalf of the NRA Civil Rights Defense Fund, resulting in the successful reversal of an individual’s criminal conviction for menacing for holding a shotgun on his own property

We have also represented citizens and citizen groups in Second Amendment lawsuits filed against the State of Maryland for:

  • Securing the right of citizens to obtain regulated firearms when state police have not acted on applications within a statutory waiting period
  • Protecting the security of handgun applicants’ personal information
  • Challenging the categorical prohibition of protected semi-automatic firearms and standard magazines, resulting in the application of strict scrutiny by a panel of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Challenging the constitutionality of a Handgun Qualification License as an impermissible “permit-to-purchase” burden unacceptably delaying the exercise of the right to possess a handgun in the home for self defense

In addition, our team has assisted with challenges to gun control legislation on behalf of citizens and citizen groups in Alabama, California, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Tennessee.