Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify extent of Second Amendment

Supreme Court has an opportunity to clarify extent of Second Amendment

File photo of U.S. Supreme Court building at dusk on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) The opening brief has now been filed in what could be a landmark Supreme Court decision on Second Amendment rights. The justices will hear the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett during their October 2021 term. The question to be decided is whether New York’s denial of applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment. Thirteen years after the Supreme Court established, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment’s guarantee of the right to “keep and bear arms” meant individuals have the right to possess a handgun in their homes, the New York case could establish that it also means individuals have the right to carry a weapon outside the home for self-defense. Two individuals who are petitioners in this case, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, passed all required background checks and met all qualifications required by New York to have a license to carry, but under state law, special permission is required for an “unrestricted” license that allows a gun owner to carry a weapon for self-defense. New York requires “proper cause,” defined as a special need for self-defense that distinguishes the applicant from the general public. According to a brief filed by public defense organizations including Black Attorneys of Legal Aid and The Bronx Defenders, New York’s law in practice has meant the criminalization of racial minorities in particular […]

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