Law Beat: Supreme Court ready for possible landmark gun case from Rensselaer County

Law Beat: Supreme Court ready for possible landmark gun case from Rensselaer County

The Supreme Court is seen in Washington in 2019. (AP Photo / J. Scott Applewhite) The U.S. Supreme Court will listen to arguments Wednesday on a challenge to New York state laws governing the concealed carry of handguns – a case that originated in the Capital Region five years ago. New York outlaws concealed-carry of licensed handguns outside the home. Lawful gun owners can receive permission from State Police or judges to carry guns to hunt, shoot at target ranges or, if they can show a heightened need for self-defense, for personal protection. On Wednesday, attorneys for the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and Rensselaer County residents Robert Nash and Brandon Koch will square off against lawyers representing State Police Superintendent Keith Corlett and state Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally. The Supreme Court, which has received dozens of briefs from outside states, cities and advocates offering their views on the potential landmark case, allotted an hour and 10 minutes to listen to arguments. “There’s a real potential for the court to overturn New York’s law,” Eric Ruben, an expert on the Second Amendment and assistant law professor at Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law in Dallas, told Law Beat. Ruben, a native of Saratoga Springs and fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, said it was impossible to know how the Supreme Court will rule before its decision is rendered next June. Should the Supreme Court overturn New York’s existing […]

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