Manatt Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Second Amendment Case on Behalf of the New York County Lawyers Association

Manatt Files Supreme Court Amicus Brief in Second Amendment Case on Behalf of the New York County Lawyers Association

This week, a Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP team led by Jacqueline Wolff , and including Benjamin Shatz and Matthew Bruno , filed an amicus brief in the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of the New York County Lawyers Association, one of the largest bar associations in the country, in a pending Second Amendment case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Kevin P. Bruen, in his official capacity as Superintendent New York State Police . The case concerns New York’s concealed carry regulations, which require a showing of proper cause before a concealed carry permit can be issued. Petitioners had, in fact, been granted concealed carry permits for self-defense, as well as for recreational use, but based on the showing they made, the permits excluded the ability to carry in populous areas. Petitioners’ brought their case arguing that the proper cause requirement violates the Second Amendment and that, under the Second Amendment, they should be able to obtain a concealed carry permit that would allow them to carry weapons anywhere they choose. That would include highly populated areas. The case was initially dismissed by the Northern District of New York in 2018. Petitioners appealed to the Second Circuit, which affirmed the dismissal in 2020. Petitioners won Supreme Court review and the Supreme Court will hear oral argument on November 3, 2021. Manatt’s brief, which supports Respondents, underscored that the core right of people to protect themselves identified in Heller is implicated only marginally, […]

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