Supreme Court Will Take Up Challenge To NY’s Concealed Carry Gun Laws

Supreme Court Will Take Up Challenge To NY's Concealed Carry Gun Laws

Firearms on display at the SHOT Show in Las Vegas, in 2020. The United States Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments concerning New York’s laws that regulate handgun licensing, setting up the court’s first major Second Amendment case in more than a decade, and the first since ultraconservative justices gained a majority of the seats on the court. New York has some of the most stringent gun laws in the country, and the state requires those seeking a permit to carry a firearm outside of their homes to provide "proper cause." Two men who were denied permits, along with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association , sued the state, claiming that the requirement was too vague, and violated their Second Amendment rights . "Despite the term’s importance as a condition precedent, New York law does not define ‘proper cause,’" the group wrote in their brief, arguing that "the state makes it virtually impossible for the ordinary law-abiding citizen to obtain a license." (Among those who reportedly had a permit to carry a concealed weapon in New York City a decade ago : Roger Ailes, Sean Hannity, Ron Lauder , Howard Stern, Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.) Barbara Underwood, New York’s solicitor general and former attorney general, had argued that the requirements were actually less restrictive than other states. At least seven other states, including New Jersey, Massachusetts, Maryland, and California, have similar laws . Last year, a challenge to New York City’s concealed carry laws […]

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