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Old Hand Gets GC Job at Second Amendment Foundation
Miko Tempski has returned to the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) as general counsel after two years an assistant attorney general for the State of Washington. But you can’t go home again—Tempski comes back to the pro-gun organization in a post-Sandy Hook political climate.
The SAF is a Washington State-based education, research, publishing, and legal action group focused on the ownership and possession of firearms in the U.S. It has more than 650,000 members.
“It’s a lot busier then when I left here two years ago,” Tempski told CorpCounsel.com. “There was a lot going on, but it was a lot more one-sided in the sense that it was all an aggressive push on the gun-rights side to affirm and specify what the Supreme Court meant in the Heller and the McDonald decision. Now it’s that and dealing with new threats to the Second Amendment all over the place.”
Tempski previously served as legal affairs officer for the organization, from 2010-2011. The Seattle resident is also a former police officer.
“I primarily come from a litigation background, so it will be a little bit of a challenge to step back from that role and do things in-house,” Tempski said.
But he said he is excited to be a leader in steering the foundation’s involvement in cases that pursue a more expansive reading of the Second Amendment.
"I had a great experience with the attorney general's office, and was proud to represent the citizens of the State of Washington," Tempski said in statement from the SAF. "However, when the opportunity came to rejoin my colleagues at the Second Amendment Foundation, which has been on the cutting edge of a relatively new area of law, I couldn't turn it down."
Tempski earned his B.A. in political science at the University of Washington, and his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C.