GOP Congresswoman urges SCOTUS to overturn NY gun law

GOP Congresswoman urges SCOTUS to overturn NY gun law

WASHINGTON — A Republican congresswoman from New York is calling for the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn one of the state’s long-standing gun control laws, leading scores of her Republican colleagues in submitting a friend of the court brief ahead of this fall’s expected oral arguments in the potentially pivotal case. Rep. Claudia Tenney formally submitted the 15 page amicus brief this week. It is co-signed by more than 170 fellow House Republicans, and urges the nation’s top bench to reverse a lower court’s ruling that upheld a New York concealed carry law. Under the current law, gun owners have to prove “proper cause” in order to conceal carry outside their homes. “If the plaintiffs prevail for this case, it’ll be the biggest win for Second Amendment rights in more than a decade,” Tenney said during a Tuesday press event on Capitol Hill. “The stakes couldn’t be higher.” In their brief , the Republicans say New York’s rule “transforms a fundamental right guaranteed to the people into a special privilege to be enjoyed by only an elite few deemed worthy by a government official exercising unbridled discretion.” Long Island Congressman Lee Zeldin, who is running for governor, also signed the brief – potentially making this an issue in next year’s election. Democrats overwhelmingly support the existing rules. “It is our obligation, it is our duty to be advocating here today for this cause,” Zeldin said at the Tuesday event. . @RepTenney is leading a group of more than 170 […]

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