Supreme Court case may “gut gun laws”
October 29, 2021

Justice Richard McNally Jr., a state trial court judge, denied two county gun owners unrestricted gun licenses in New York. This choice set off a series of events that some experts say may “gut gun laws,” in the US. The Supreme Court will decide, “Whether the state of New York’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

Historically, the Supreme Court does not rule on many cases involving firearms. Any decision they make can be used as evidence for (or against) other gun laws.

The U.S. Supreme Court will begin to hear oral argument beginning November 3, 2021 to decide if it was unconstitutional to deny Robert Nash and Brandon Koch their concealed-carry firearm license. In the meantime, gunowners will hold their breath.

Supreme Court

Supreme Court

An article from the Washington Times has claimed the 10 hardest places in America to obtain a concealed carry permit are:

  • Washington D.C.
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • New Jersey
  • Maryland
  • New York
  • Massachusetts
  • Delaware
  • Connecticut
  • ¬†Illinois

District of Columbia v. Heller (2008)

A 2008 Supreme Court ruling found, “The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”

This sets the precedent that gun ownership is a right apart from being in a militia. Thus, the claim may be made that it is unconstitutional to deny a law abiding citizen the right to carry a weapon for self defense outside the home.

The NY law requires applicants to prove they have a need to carry a concealed weapon for self defense before begging granted a permit. Some believe that is a violation of the 2nd Amendment. However, pro gun control groups say even the National Rifle Association (NRA) has supported the need to regulate gun ownership in the past.

Pointing to the claim made by Time magazine that, “Not only did the NRA support gun control for much of the 20th century, its leadership in fact lobbied for and co-authored gun control legislation.”

It bears consideration that the NRA does not represent the view of all gun owners. Furthermore, it would certainly be nice to have reciprocity for a concealed carry permit. Specifically, in states that currently make it nigh impossible for citizens to legally obtain a permit to carry.

Recent News