United States – -(AmmoLand.com)- In the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, New York – as well as California – had choices. They could be smart, and abide by the rulings, maybe even treat gun owners as American citizens with rights guaranteed by the Constitution, or they could be dumb and double down.
How, exactly, will that go down? Simple: NYSRPA v. Bruen spelled out the test that courts will have to use, and defiant courts – not to mention state legislatures – are going to see Justice Thomas do in the legal sense what “The Rock” did in WWE rings: Layeth the smack down.
The “good moral character” requirement and the requirement to turn over one’s social media history are clearly the types of provisions that could be challenged in court. The “good moral character” provisions are clearly subjective, like determining “good cause” to carry a pistol.
Handing over years of social media posts is a major burden, even in a “shall issue” state. These sound precisely what Justice Thomas was talking about in the footnote on page 36 of the opinion.
It’s also open defiance of the decision. This is something we cannot and should not ignore. If you or I were to try defying a court ruling, we’d get slapped with fines and possibly time in jail for contempt of court. Second Amendment supporters can and should wield this as a talking point against anti-Second Amendment extremism.
So, you can bet that the schemes emanating from California and New York are not going to be hanging around for long. If lower courts do not strike down these requirements, SCOTUS could very well take them down, and the only real question is whether the lead respondent will be California or New York.
That being said, one of our biggest tasks going forward is to convince our fellow Americans not to go along with schemes to overturn NYSRPA v. Bruen and enact onerous restrictions on our rights, particularly through packing the courts. Mondaire Jones is likely to be the voice of the typical anti-Second Amendment extremist in the next decade. Second Amendment supporters must work to defeat anti-Second Amendment extremists via the ballot box at the federal, state, and local levels to ensure that Justice Thomas can hold the line.
About Harold Hutchison
Writer Harold Hutchison has more than a dozen years of experience covering military affairs, international events, U.S. politics and Second Amendment issues. Harold was consulting senior editor at Soldier of Fortune magazine and is the author of the novel Strike Group Reagan. He has also written for the Daily Caller, National Review, Patriot Post, Strategypage.com, and other national websites.