U.S. Supreme Court decided to hear a New York state Rifle & Pistol associations NRA-backed case challenging New York’s restrictive concealed-carry-licensing regime. This sets the stage for the Supreme Court to affirm what most states already hold as true, that there is an individual right to self-defense outside of the home.

This case challenges New York’s requirement that applicants demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm. New York regularly uses this requirement to deny applicants the right to carry a firearm outside of their home. The NRA believes that law-abiding citizens should not be required to prove they are in peril to receive the government’s permission to exercise this constitutionally protected right.

In addition to ruling on this statute, this case will give the Supreme Court the opportunity to clarify the precedent that it has created surrounding the Second Amendment. It has been over a decade since the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to have a handgun in the home for self-defense in District of Columbia v. Heller. In 2010, the Court also ruled that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that applies to the states in McDonald v. City of Chicago.

It is hard to overstate how important this case is. The decision will affect the laws in many states that currently restrict carrying a firearm outside of the home. NYSRPA hand in hand with the NRA-ILA is working hard to defend your constitutional rights and is prepared to argue this case in order to protect the rights of Americans everywhere.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen.

Paul Clement, who represents NYSRPA, said the justices should use this case to firmly settle the question.
“Thus, the nation is split, with the Second Amendment alive and well in the vast middle of the nation, and those same rights disregarded near the coasts,” Clement wrote on behalf of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, or NYSRPA, and two residents.
NYSRPA executive director Tom King said he objects to the state’s gun law, which requires anyone seeking a license to carry a concealed weapon to demonstrate “a special need for self-protection.” King said that violates his Second Amendment rights.
“We’re looking for the ability to carry a concealed firearm to protect ourselves outside of our home,” King said. “There are 42 or 43 other states in the nation that allow concealed carry of a firearm, and there’s not blood running in the streets.”

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