Attorney General Tong Joins Coalition Backing Commonsense Approach to Concealed Carry Laws

Attorney General Tong Joins Coalition Backing Commonsense Approach to Concealed Carry Laws

Press Releases (Hartford, CT) – Attorney General William Tong today joined a coalition of 18 state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court defending New York’s law regulating when individuals may obtain a license to carry firearms in public. The coalition argues that the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does not provide Americans with an unrestricted right to carry loaded firearms in virtually all public places, but instead, in keeping with centuries of tradition, allows states to enact policies regulating public carry that are tailored to local public safety concerns and needs. “The Second Amendment has never meant an unfettered right to carry a loaded, concealed gun into any and all public space. Commonsense laws have always applied to protect public safety. Petitioners in this case are asking the Supreme Court to enable people to carry loaded firearms in virtually any space at any time. This is a reckless argument that flies in the face of centuries of legal precedent, and the Supreme Court must uphold New York’s law,” Attorney General Tong said. A one-size-fits-all approach to regulating public carry would take away the ability of officials, democratically elected by the people of their states, to address the unique public safety needs of their residents. In this case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, the petitioners are asking the Supreme Court to grant Americans the right to carry loaded firearms anytime, in virtually any public place – disregarding the […]

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