John Dillon

Bar Admissions:

State Bar of California, 2014

Court Admissions:

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

United States District Court, Central District of California

United States District Court, Northern District of California

United States District Court, Southern District of California


Loyola Law School (J.D., 2013)

University of California, Los Angeles (B.A., 2010)

John developed a robust firearms law practice while associated with Gatzke, Dillon & Ballance LLP.  John’s current practice covers a broad range of firearms-related matters including constitutional law and civil rights matters and firearms litigation arising under the Second Amendment in federal and state courts.  He also regularly collaborates with other lawyers in the Second Amendment rights litigation arena.  Additional firearms-related practice areas encompass:

  • Firearms regulation and compliance
  • Licensing regulation and compliance
  • Gun rights restoration
  • Civil rights violations
  • Firearms-related criminal charges, use of force/self-defense issues
  • Auditing for firearms compliance
  • Shooting range development and compliance matters

John is a certified firearms specialist in the operation and classification of firearms, ammunition, National Firearms Act weapons, other weapons, curio and relics, and various other complex firearm and munitions categories.  John is also a NRA-certified firearms instructor in pistol, shotgun, and rifle operations, and he appears regularly as a special guest host of the popular radio show, “Gun Sports Radio,” on AM 1170 The Answer San Diego – KCBQ. 

John also devotes time to land use and environmental planning and litigation matters based on his prior experience at his former law firm.  This work involved large- and small-scale land use development projects required to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act, the California Planning and Zoning Law, the Subdivision Map Act, and other California land use and environmental laws and regulations.  John's experience includes the litigation and defense of approved development projects throughout California.  

In addition, John's experience includes the handling of civil litigation matters involving property/real estate, business, civil rights, and personal injury matters. John developed his litigation skills and background as an associate lawyer at his prior law firm. There, John developed a successful record of providing high-level representation through trial and appellate courts.

John received his J.D. from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2013.  He is currently admitted to the State Bar of California, California Supreme Court, U.S. District Courts of California for the Southern, Central, Eastern, and Northern Districts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Eighth Circuit.  John obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

At Loyola, John was an editor of the Loyola Entertainment Law Review and published an article evaluating Major League Baseball bankruptcies using the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bankruptcy as the case study.  After one-year clerking for the Compton District Attorney’s Office, John became an associate with the Gatzke, Dillon & Ballance LLP law firm; and as an associate, John worked on land use planning and environmental and litigation matters. 

Self-Defense and the Use of Force: Legal Analysis of Self-Defense and the Use of Force, San Diego, California. Author/Speaker. Subject: California Self-Defense Laws. 2019.

National Business Institute: Gun Law California, Pasadena, California. Author/Speaker. Subject: California Gun Laws. 2017.

California Firearms Law Informational Seminar,
San Diego California. Author/Speaker. Subject: Recently Enacted Assault Weapon Regulation in California. 2017.

California Firearm Laws: Legislative Update and Legal Trends, San Diego, California. Author/Speaker. Subject: Recent California Firearm Regulations Developments. 2016.
Firearms Law Alert (March 2016)
The California legislature continues to introduce more and more increasingly restrictive gun laws in the form of Assembly Bills (ABs) or Senate Bills (SBs). Recently, three ABs have been introduced, that if passed, will drastically change gun ownership in California.

Firearms Law Alert (January 2016)
The Wall Street Journal (Dec. 12, 2015) reports that authorities “across the country are getting a flood of applications to carry concealed weapons in the wake of the mass shooting in San Bernardino, California, especially in locations near sites of recent mass shootings.”

Firearms Law Alert (February 2015)
As many in the firearms industry are aware, especially those that do business in the state of California, recent legislation was enacted, effective January 1, 2015, to further restrict the sales of semiautomatic handguns through the “single shot exemption.” For those who are unaware, until the beginning of the year, California law had allowed the sale of certain handguns without requiring that they be added to the California Roster of Certified Handguns. The law included an exemption for single-shot handguns that met certain length and other requirements.
Professional Affiliations
Gun Sports Radio AM 1170
California Senate Certificate of Recognition - Outstanding Community Service 2016

California Assembly Certificate of Recognition for Second Amendment Advocacy on Behalf of Gun Owners Throughout San Diego County
Speaking Seminars and Conferences
Gun Rights Policy Conference, Speaker 2019

Firearms Law Convention
, Speaker 2018

Firearms Law Convention
, Speaker 2017