Daniel L. Schmutter

Daniel L. Schmutter

Daniel L. Schmutter is an attorney licensed in New Jersey and New York with a focus on Civil Rights and Constitutional Law, including Second Amendment, First Amendment, Fifth Amendment, and Fourteenth Amendment issues.

Mr. Schmutter has submitted numerous briefs to the Supreme Court of the United States, the New Jersey Supreme Court, and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, including in the landmark cases District of Columbia v. Heller, McDonald v. City of Chicago, Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District, and New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

Mr. Schmutter argued before the highest court in New York, the New York Court of Appeals, in the Second Amendment case Osterweil v. Bartlett, successfully challenging New York's unlawful ban on handgun possession by part time residents. He also argued before the New Hampshire Supreme Court, in Bach v. New Hampshire Department of Safety, successfully challenging New Hampshire’s unconstitutional home state carry permit requirement for non-resident New Hampshire permits.

Mr. Schmutter is currently counsel in the several Second Amendment cases challenging various unconstitutional aspects of New Jersey law: Siegel v. Platkin (handgun carry restrictions), Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs, Inc. v. Platkin (magazine capacity restriction), and Ellman v. Platkin (ban on so-called “assault weapons”).

On First Amendment matters, he has represented major public interest organizations, such as Electronic Frontier Foundation and Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), as well as cutting edge companies at the intersection of the First and Second Amendments such as Defense Distributed and Defcad, Inc.

He regularly lectures, is published in leading periodicals, and appears on radio and podcasts addressing numerous issues related to Second Amendment and constitutional law matters.

He has guest lectured on constitutional law to students in the United States and Europe and regularly lectures on theories of constitutional interpretation.

Mr. Schmutter earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and attended law school at The University of Virginia.

More Biographies


Learn More About The Seminar

View the full schedule for the most important Second Amendment seminar of the year. This full day seminar is packed with smart discussions, lively debates and career defining networking opportunities.

Review the biographies of our esteemed speakers before you arrive. The depth of knowledge from this incredible group of thought leaders makes this event one you should not miss.

This event is likely to sell out quickly. Register now to secure your seat at the table. Earn Continuing Legal Education Credits through the NRA Foundation's Firearms Law Seminar.

Can't Make The Seminar In Person?

Written study materials are available for purchase. To order the materials or ask for more information, call 1-877-NRF-LAWS or email us at [email protected].

The Annual National Firearms Law Seminar is the largest gathering of Second Amendment attorneys in the country.

The NRA Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law. The NRA Foundation Tax ID number is: 52-1710886