Amicus Briefs Highlight Strength of NRA-Backed Second Amendment Supreme Court Case

Amicus Briefs Highlight Strength of NRA-Backed Second Amendment Supreme Court Case

After what was to many gun-rights supporters a prolonged hiatus, a case squarely involving the scope of the Second Amendment is back before the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 26, the Court granted cert in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen . Brought by NRA’s New York state affiliate, with NRA’s backing, the case provides the Court with the opportunity to affirm that the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms for self-defense outside the home. Given some of the lower federal courts’ intransigence in the wake of D.C. v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago , in which the Court recognized that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms, the stakes in NYSRPA v. Bruen couldn’t be higher. At issue is the validity of New York’s prohibition on carrying firearms outside the home coupled with the state’s restrictive carry licensing scheme. At present, 42 states recognize the right-to-carry concealed outside the home for self-defense. States often do this by operating a shall-issue licensing regime, whereby law-abiding members of the public are granted a license to carry a firearm outside the home if they meet certain discrete criteria. An increasing number of states (21), provide for law-abiding adults to carry concealed firearms outside the home without obtaining government permission—something that we continue to pursue nationwide. New York operates a may-issue licensing scheme. In addition to requiring the applicant be law-abiding, the prospective license holder must also demonstrate to a licensing officer […]

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