Second Amendment Drama at the Supreme Court Has Implications for 2016

Second Amendment Drama at the Supreme Court Has Implications for 2016 – Many gun owners were disappointed when the Supreme Court declined on May 5 to take Drake v. Jerejian, but they shouldn’t be. Drake was an important case but also had significant problems, and there are more promising cases elsewhere in the country. The best is Peruta v. County of San Diego in California, which may be before the Supreme Court within a...

GOP Lieutenant Governor Choice Is SAFE Act Opponent

GOP Lieutenant Governor Choice Is SAFE Act Opponent – GOP candidate for governor Rob Astorino says his choice for a Lieutenant Governor running mate will be the Chemung County Sheriff, Chris Moss, an avid opponent of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s gun control laws.  Moss, who would be the first  African American the state GOP would pick for Lieutenant Governor, is head of the New York State Sheriffs’ Association.  In an interview with the Elmira Star Gazette, Moss called  parts of the gun control laws championed by Cuomo “ludicrous” and a “knee jerk reaction” to the Sandy Hook...

South Dakota joins gun rights case in New York

South Dakota joins gun rights case in New York – Attorney General Marty Jackley says that South Dakota has joined 21 other states in an amicus or “friend of the court” brief challenging the constitutionality of a gun ban in New York for semiautomatic firearms. A federal New York District Court has upheld the gun ban and the challenge has been filed in the Second Federal Circuit Appellate Court in the case of Nojay v. Cuomo. Jackley says that hunting with semiautomatic firearms for pheasant, waterfowl and big game is commonplace in South Dakota. While the ban only applies to New York at this time, Jackley is concerned about the precedent this case might set for Second Amendment gun...

22 states now challenging the constitutionality of NY Safe Act’s ban on semi-automatic weapons

22 states now challenging the constitutionality of NY Safe Act’s ban on semi-automatic weapons – Attorney General Marty Jackley says South Dakota has joined 21 other states in a brief filed in an appellate court challenging the constitutionality of a New York ban on semi-automatic weapons.  Jackley says that while the ban only applies to New York, a federal court’s upholding of the ban sets a “concerning”...

Mead directs Attorney General to join New York gun rights lawsuit

Mead directs Attorney General to join New York gun rights lawsuit – Governor Matt Mead has again directed the Wyoming Attorney General to join a lawsuit to protect the Second Amendment rights of citizens. The case at question is in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and challenges New York State’s restrictive gun law. Wyoming is joining 21 states in asking the Court to apply strict scrutiny on gun restrictions. “This is another case where one state’s gun laws could have a negative impact on Second Amendment rights nationally and in Wyoming. These rights are fundamental to the people and critical to our way of life,” Governor Mead said. “I will continue to protect our Second Amendment rights.” The case in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals is called Nojay v...

Supreme Court won’t rule on carrying guns in public

Supreme Court won’t rule on carrying guns in public – The Supreme Court appears hesitant to wade back into the national debate on guns.  The court refused Monday to decide whether the right to bear arms extends outside the home. The justices won’t consider a challenge to a New Jersey law that restricts most residents from carrying guns in public.  The case would have marked the most significant gun control case at the high court since its District of Columbia v. Heller decision in 2008 upheld the right to keep handguns at home for...
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