NYCLU, ACLU Submit SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Support of New York Concealed Carry Restrictions

NYCLU, ACLU Submit SCOTUS Amicus Brief in Support of New York Concealed Carry Restrictions

NEW YORK — Today, the New York Civil Liberties Union and the American Civil Liberties Union submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett, arguing that restrictions on guns in public spaces are appropriate to make public spaces safe for democratic participation, including First Amendment activity such as assembly, association, and speech. While the case directly addresses the Second Amendment, the NYCLU and ACLU argue that concerns about speech and assembly justify regulating public carrying of guns. Strict regulations of public carry, both open and concealed, have been common measures throughout American history as a way of maintaining the peace and safety of public places. The brief argues that states have an important interest in making public spaces safe in order to facilitate public debate, and that state and local governments have long enforced this interest through regulating the public carrying of weapons. “For centuries, restrictions on concealed weapons have been an important part of maintaining the peace in which social, civic, and economic life thrive,” said NYCLU Executive Director Donna Lieberman . “Where the internet, television, and other media can devolve into echo chambers, there is no substitute for the exchange of ideas in the physical public square. Rolling back reasonable regulations on the carrying of weapons would erode speech, assembly, protest and other First Amendment activities vital to our democracy.” New York’s restriction on public carry serves the state’s profound constitutional commitment to free expression — one […]

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