SAF, CCRKBA File Amicus Briefs to SCOTUS in NY Right-to-Carry Case

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Gun rights groups have filed amicus briefs supporting the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association’s challenge of restrictive Empire State carry laws., iStock-1020504756

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- Two national gun rights organizations—the Second Amendment Foundation and its grassroots sibling, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms—have filed separate amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a challenge of New York State’s ultra-restrictive carry laws by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA)

SAF is joined in its brief by several organizations including the New Jersey Second Amendment Society, Buckeye Firearms Foundation, Connecticut Citizens Defense League, Illinois State Rifle Association, Florida Carry, Inc., Grass Roots North Carolina, Louisiana Shooting Association, Tennessee Firearms Association, Maryland Shall Issue, Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, Sportsmen’s Association for Firearms Education, and Virginia Citizens Defense League.

CCRKBA, on the other hand, filed its own brief individually. The NYSRPA is one of its state affiliates, according to a news release from the group.

“This case has been a long time coming and it would not be an overstatement that SAF has an intense interest because of our many members in New York and elsewhere that so-called ‘proper cause’ requirements are routinely used to deny law-abiding citizens the ability to carrying firearms for personal protection outside their homes,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb. “Such laws are arbitrary in nature and they place an absurd level of authority in the hands of local officials and their subordinates to deny citizens their constitutional right to bear arms.”

Gottlieb also chairs the Citizens Committee, a grassroots national group with some 650,000 members and supporters. In a statement from that organization, he observed, “In an age of reductions in police numbers and increasing violence, people must be able to become their own first responders. Law-abiding armed citizens are as important now as they ever were.”

The case, which was accepted for review by the high court in the upcoming term that begins in October, challenges New York’s restrictive requirement that anyone applying for a permit to carry a handgun outside the home must provide a “proper cause” for wanting to carry a firearm for personal protection. This authority is all-too-often used to deny applicants their right to bear arms under the Second Amendment, CCRKBA said.

It has been more than ten years since the Supreme Court hear a Second Amendment case. The court has declined to review several good gun rights cases, but that was before the majority shifted, with what the establishment media considers a “conservative majority.” Three appointments by former President Donald Trump have encouraged rights activists who have longed to restore Second Amendment rights and reverse the erosion of the right to keep and bear arms by state and local governments. If the court rules against New York, it will open the floodgates for similar challenges of laws in New Jersey, Maryland and a handful of other states where citizens must provide a “good cause” to exercise their constitutional rights.

Speaking on behalf of SAF, Gottlieb stated, “The Second Amendment should no longer be treated like the ugly stepchild of the Bill of Rights. Its language is clear, that the amendment protects not only the right of the individual citizen to keep arms, but to bear them, and that right extends beyond the confines of one’s home.

“A right limited to someone’s home,” he continued, “is no right at all, and the court now has an opportunity to make that abundantly clear, settling an important constitutional issue once and for all.”

But the importance of this case might best be found in the 25-page CCRKBA brief, in which the national grassroots group explains, “The fragility of American civilization has been on full display since the summer of 2020. The Nation is suffering a new period of violence and chaos. This time, however, a variety of radical political movements are advancing policies that seem designed to sow further violence and chaos. In response, Americans are relying on their firearms for self-defense—just as they have for centuries.”

“In short, police are not guarantors of safety,” the brief notes on Page 13. “Rather, they are a distant second to the people themselves when it comes to capacity for preventing crime.

“The American people understand what is happening,” CCRKBA’s brief adds. “They understand that they are responsible for their self-defense, so more of them are arming themselves in response to these conditions. This is an especially important time for the Court to re-affirm that the Second Amendment protects their right to carry firearms for their self-defense.”

There is ample evidence CCRKBA’s assessment is spot-on. Gun sales over the past 15 months have surged. By some estimates, more than 8 million new gun owners—people who never before owned a firearm and may even have supported gun control restrictions—have joined the ranks of armed citizens. The demand for carry licenses or permits is also up.

No date has been set for the NYSR&PA case to be argued.


About Dave Workman

Dave Workman is a senior editor at TheGunMag.com and Liberty Park Press, author of multiple books on the Right to Keep & Bear Arms, and formerly an NRA-certified firearms instructor.

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Deplorable Bill
Deplorable Bill
2 months ago

A well regulated militia being necessary to a free state, the RIGHT of the people to keep and bear arms SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. That is the 2A. Says here the people have the RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS and it DOES NOT GIVE ANY RESTRICTIONS as to where, when, why, how, what kind, on your person, in your car, on your horse…. It DOES GIVE RESTRICTIONS ON GOVERNMENT; SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED. Any grade school kid can understand this. THERE SHOULD NOT EVEN BE AN ARGUMENT ABOUT IT. Any law that goes against the constitution is, in fact,… Read more »

The other Jim
The other Jim
2 months ago

Dave, I know your trying to be your usual gentleman self, but you could have thrown a little dirt on Chief John Roberts ( in the 7th. paragraph ” but that was before the majority shifted”; it was 5-4 including Roberts before the other 3 by Trump).

Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago
Reply to  Dave Workman

John Obamacare Roberts is only there when we don’t need him.

HLB
HLB
2 months ago

I would be surprised if SCOTUS did anything different from what the government has done for several hundred years as far as our weapons rights go – or any thing else. When they fall short but yet once again, what are we going to do? Talk about it more?

HLB

JimmyS
JimmyS
2 months ago

Yay. A Sheriff who advocates “letting” people exercise their rights. I suppose I applaud now, and offer some legal equivalent of a blowjob. That’s how I show ’em my independence.

BoydK
BoydK
2 months ago
Reply to  JimmyS

I have some scary news for a few here, you should probably sit down.

While I join you in the desire for it, the world we live in doesn’t run on truth. So, uh, if you’re not getting behind and pushing toward the goal yet now’s a good time to grab a credit card and hit the donate button at https://www.saf.org/donation-page/ we can get their (as Gotlieb says) “one lawsuit at a time”…

JSNMGC
JSNMGC
2 months ago
Reply to  BoydK

As soon as they sit down with Trump and let him know that unless he recants his anti-2nd Amendment positions, they will encourage their members not to vote for him.

Until then, no thanks.

Russn8r
Russn8r
2 months ago
Reply to  JSNMGC

I can’t donate to SAF: Gottlieb tried to preemptively surrender on Universal Registration after Sandy Hook, abused SAF resources to elect Grover al Nor’qu’ist to the NRA board, & helped Norquisling defeat the recall.

Last edited 2 months ago by Russn8r