United States Department of The Treasury, Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco & Firearms v. City of Chicago

Brief of Amicus Curiae Violence Policy Center In Support of Respondent


In Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF) v. City of Chicago, the Supreme Court was poised to review the decision of the BATF to withhold records under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) of individuals' firearm purchases. BATF claimed that the records are exempt under the FOIA, and that release of the records would constitute an unreasonable invasion of privacy. The City of Chicago (Chicago) sought the records in order to provide evidence in a separate case challenging the marketing and distribution of firearms to city residents where possession of most guns is illegal. Unfortunately, the Court will not review the case this term because of legislation passed by Congress that prohibits BATF from spending agency funds on release of the information in question.

This is the Amicus Curiae Brief of the Violence Policy Center in Support of Respondent.

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Reference Info:Appellate Brief | Federal, U.S. Supreme Court | United States

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