New York gun restrictions ‘violate the Second Amendment,’ say Landry and other state AGs

Contributing Writer ( — Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry joined 22 other attorneys general in a brief to the United States Supreme Court in support of two New York men who were told by a licensing official that they had not demonstrated a sufficient need to carry a firearm for self defense outside their home. 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. 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 the men who were denied a concealed-carry license say in their petition to the Supreme Court, “For more than a decade since (the 2008 ruling) numerous courts of appeals have squarely divided on this critical question: whether the Second Amendment allows the government to deprive ordinary law-abiding citizens of the right to possess and carry a handgun outside the home.” The brief that Landry signed on to argues that “permitting law-abiding citizens to carry firearms in self-defense outside the home respects their fundamental rights and deters violent crime.” It also says that New York and other states’ “subjective-issue permitting regimes” — which “require an applicant demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in […]

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