New Jersey – -(AmmoLand.com)- May 29, 2019. The United States Supreme Court took no action on Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs’s (ANJRPC) challenge to New Jersey’s carry law in the Rogers v. Grewal case. Since then, the high court has relisted other cases for consideration at its next conference on May 30, but it has NOT relisted the Rogers case. It has also neither agreed to hear the case, nor declined to hear it. Accordingly, we conclude that the most likely explanation is that Rogers is being held by the Supreme Court pending their decision in another case – a common practice by the Supreme Court.
The most likely case Rogers is being held for is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. New York City, a case concerning NYC’s attempts to control what its residents do with firearms outside the home, including outside NYC itself. The Supreme Court has already agreed to hear that case. It is expected to be argued in the Fall, with a decision most likely in the Spring.
If indeed the Supreme Court is holding Rogers for the NYC case, it would mean that the Court probably anticipates that the decision in the NYC case will impact Rogers in some manner. Once the NYC case is decided, we anticipate that the Supreme Court would then decide how to handle Rogers going forward, perhaps agreeing to hear the case, or perhaps sending the case back to the lower courts to be decided in accordance with the ruling in the NYC case.
In any event, we believe that the holding of Rogers is ultimately a serious and positive sign — a sign that the high court intends to finally and definitively address critical Second Amendment issues, including right to carry. But instead of doing it in one sweeping case, it appears that it is going to occur through several cases over a slightly longer period of time. Rogers appears to be one of those cases.
If our analysis is correct, there will not be further word on Rogers from the Supreme Court until after the NYC case is decided. Gun owners need to remain patient as the legal process continues to unfold.
Please watch for further updates and alerts.
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About ANJRPC: The Association of New Jersey Rifle & Pistol Clubs is the official New Jersey affiliate of the NRA, and is New Jersey’s oldest, largest, and most effective Second Amendment advocacy organization. www.anjrpc.org