New York judge’s gun permit denials trigger big U.S. Supreme Court case

New York judge's gun permit denials trigger big U.S. Supreme Court case

* Supreme Court to hear NRA-backed case on Wednesday * At issue is New York’s limits on concealed handguns By Andrew Chung TROY, N.Y., Oct 28 (Reuters) – Justice Richard McNally Jr., a New York state trial court judge, knows he has a reputation among gun enthusiasts in the upstate county of Rensselaer where he presides as a tough sell on granting permits for people to carry concealed handguns without restrictions. McNally insists that in each case he applies the standard as written in a 1913 New York law that limits concealed-carry licenses to people who can show a “proper cause” for having one. “It’s a law that was intended to grant broad discretion to the local licensing officers, and that takes into consideration geography and other factors,” McNally said in an interview in his chambers at the county courthouse in Troy, a city near the state capital of Albany. “I think it’s worked pretty well for the last 100 years.” That very discretion, wielded by state judges and police officials, could soon disappear. McNally’s decisions to deny two county gun owners unrestricted licenses are at the heart of a major gun rights case https://www.reuters.com/world/us/us-supreme-court-hear-major-case-carrying-handguns-public-2021-04-26 set to be argued at the U.S. Supreme Court next Wednesday. A ruling is due by the end of next June. Plaintiffs backed by the National Rifle Association, an influential lobby group closely aligned with the Republican Party, are challenging the “proper cause” requirement as a violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right […]

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