Attorney General Jeff Landry Joins Fight for Second Amendment Rights

Two men in New York state were told by a licensing official that they had not demonstrated a sufficient need to carry a firearm for self defense outside their home. Now, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry has joined 22 other state attorneys general in a brief to the United States Supreme Court supporting the right of Americans to bear arms outside of their homes. The brief, led by Missouri and Arizona, argues that permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in self-defense outside the home respects their fundamental rights and deters violent crime. Forty-two states have objective-issue, or “shall-issue,” permitting regimes, meaning permits are issued to applications that meet objective criteria, such as a background check, mental health records check, fingerprinting, knowledge of applicable laws, firearms training, or other requirements. However, in addition to these objective criteria, New York requires an applicant “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.” In 2008, in a majority opinion written by the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the court ruled that the Second Amendment grants an individual a right to possess a firearm at home and to use it for self defense. But plaintiffs Robert Nash and Brandon Koch are now asking the court to declare that the Constitution confers a right to carry a weapon for self defense purposes outside the home, as well. The men who were denied a concealed-carry license say in their petition to the […]

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