California Agrees to Pay Plaintiffs’ Legal Fees After Losing Lawsuit that Challenged its Discriminatory Firearm Lawsuit Fee-Shifting Regime

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SAN DIEGO, CA (June 6, 2023) – Today, Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) announced that United States District Judge Roger Benitez has approved a $556,957.66 stipulation for attorneys’ fees stemming from its lawsuit that successfully challenged the fee-shifting provision in California SB 1327, which was enacted as retribution for Texas’s SB 8 abortion law in order to suppress legitimate challenges to firearms regulations. The order in Miller v. Bonta (Miller II) can be viewed at

“The unilateral fee-shifting provision of SB 1327 was intended from the onset to chill the exercise of constitutional rights by threatening to bankrupt those that sought to protect them,” said Bill Sack, FPC Director of Legal Operations. “The irony is not lost on us that now it is the state of California paying our legal bills as a result of their attempted unconstitutional trickery.”

FPC is joined in this lawsuit by the San Diego County Gun Owners PAC (SDCGO), the California Gun Rights Foundation (CGF), and the Second Amendment Foundation.

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Firearms Policy Coalition (, a 501(c)4 nonprofit organization, exists to create a world of maximal human liberty, defend constitutional rights, advance individual liberty, and restore freedom. FPC’s efforts are focused on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and adjacent issues including freedom of speech, due process, unlawful searches and seizures, separation of powers, asset forfeitures, privacy, encryption, and limited government. The FPC team are next-generation advocates working to achieve the Organization’s strategic objectives through litigation, research, scholarly publications, amicus briefing, legislative and regulatory action, grassroots activism, education, outreach, and other programs. 

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