Sen. Cruz Leads 24 Republican Senators on Amicus Brief Protecting Americans’ Second Amendment Rights

Files amicus brief on behalf of petitioners in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, today led 24 other Republican senators in filing an amicus brief for New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, a case currently pending before the U.S. Supreme Court. The brief argues that New York’s laws making it extremely difficult to carry a firearm outside the home violates the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to bear arms. The brief emphasizes that by including the right to bear arms in the Constitution, the Framers made a policy choice and explicitly removed from state and federal legislators the ability to second guess that choice. Co-signers of Sen. Cruz’s amicus brief include U.S. Sens. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), James Lankford (R-Okla.), Mike Lee (R-Utah), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Roger Marshall (R-Kan.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jim Risch (R-Idaho), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Rick Scott (R-Fla.), and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.). In the brief, the senators wrote: "[L]egislators-whether in Albany or Washington, D.C.-have neither the power nor the authority to second-guess the policy judgments made by the Framers and enshrined in the Constitution." […] "The Framer’s "decision to guarantee […]

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