Gun rights advocates are paying close attention to a new Supreme Court case: the New York State Rifle and Gun Association v. the City of New York. It’s the first major Second Amendment case to hit the high court in a decade.
So what is this very important case all about? Let’s look at some of the facts and why it’s going to be a landmark ruling for people who fully support the Second Amendment.
New Yorkers Resist Tyranny
The court case centers around gun owners being able to transport their weapons outside of their homes. This applies to people in New York City that have a “premise-only” permit. This means you are only allowed to have your handgun in your home or taken in a secure safe, unloaded, to one of the firing ranges in the city. There are only seven shooting ranges in this highly populated area.
Currently, if you want to carry your gun on you and take it anywhere else, then you need to apply for a concealed carry permit. A local gun group, the New York Rifle and Gun Association, is challenging this law. They feel that making gun owners apply and pay for a second type of permit to carry their weapon is in direct violation of the Second Amendment. They believe you have a constitutional right to travel with your firearm. One gun permit should be enough for that.
New York City’s Concealed Carry Problem
The concealed carry permit is actually really hard to obtain in New York City. It’s mostly not given out to regular people who aren’t former law enforcement, business owners, or security guard personnel. The process to obtain this permit can take up to a year, and requires an interview with the New York State Police and their licensing division. You also need letters of recommendation to vouch for your character as a non-violent and law-abiding citizen. Trust New York to make people’s rights come with a bounty of red tape…
So many people who are interested in having the right to carry their weapons wherever they want are going to pay close attention to the outcome of this case. The last time the Supreme Court heard a case dealing with gun rights was back in 2008 and 2010, with theDistrict of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago.
The Supreme Court Will Rule On This Case Soon
The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments for this case on December 2, 2019. That also means there probably won’t be a decision on the case until well into the new year. Rest assured that most legal experts assume that the court will find that the city is violating the constitutional rights of gun owners with their strict laws on permits and transporting a firearm. That’s definitely great news for gun rights in New York City.