June 23, 2021
We have just confirmed that Buckeye Firearms Association will sponsor an amicus brief in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court Case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett.
It has been 13 years since the court ruled in D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to have a handgun in the home for self-defense. The case of McDonald v. City of Chicago followed two years later, finding that this individual right is enforceable in the states.
Now the court will finally take up a case to decide if the Second Amendment also protects the right to carry a gun outside the home.
Facts of the Case:
The state of New York requires a person to show a special need for self-protection to receive an unrestricted license to carry a concealed firearm outside the home.
Robert Nash and Brandon Koch challenged the law after New York rejected their concealed-carry applications based on failure to show “proper cause.” A district court dismissed their claims, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit affirmed.
Question to be Decided:
Does New York's law requiring' that applicants for unrestricted concealed-carry licenses demonstrate a special need for self-defense violate the Second Amendment?
In plain English, The Heller and McDonald cases confirmed that individuals have a right to "keep" arms. The upcoming case seeks to confirm that individuals have a right to "bear" arms.
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett. will be argued in the fall of this year, with a decision expected sometime in 2022.
Buckeye Firearms Foundation submitted briefs in both the Heller and McDonald cases, with one of these briefs cited in the final opinion for the McDonald case.
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