Supreme Court revisits Second Amendment with challenge to New York concealed-gun restrictions

Supreme Court revisits Second Amendment with challenge to New York concealed-gun restrictions

Image from Shutterstock. When two residents of upstate New York sought unrestricted licenses to carry concealed weapons for self-defense outside the home, officials denied their applications under the state’s demanding standard for such permits. Those relatively routine administrative actions have teed up the most important Second Amendment case to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in more than a decade. “The recent string of robberies in the area has prompted me to go ahead and ask for this request,” Robert Nash, one of the applicants, wrote to his local New York state gun licensing official in 2016 as he sought to upgrade his license to carry firearms for hunting and target practice to one allowing concealed carry for self-defense. Brandon Koch, a technology worker for the New York state court system, made a similar request in 2017, noting in a letter that he already had nonresident concealed-carry permits in four states that effectively permitted him to carry a gun in 33 states. “I understand fully the immense responsibility as well as the possible ramifications of carrying a firearm concealed on my person for lawful purposes,” Koch wrote. “The use thereof must only be as an absolute last resort.” The state licensing officials turned down both applicants’ requests. An official wrote to Koch to to remind him that the restrictions on his license did allow him “to carry concealed for purposes of off road back country, outdoor activities similar to hunting, for example fishing, hiking and camping. And you […]

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