Sunday, November 07, 2021
The biggest surprise in Wednesday morning's argument in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen ("NYSRPA"), a major Second Amendment case before the Supreme Court, is that conservative Justice Amy Coney Barrett appeared open to many of the state of New York's arguments defending its restrictions on where individuals may carry a gun.
The case involves a 108-year-old New York law that requires anyone who wishes to carry a gun outside of their home to demonstrate "proper cause" before they can obtain a license allowing them to do so. In practice, it's relatively easy for New York residents to obtain a limited license permitting them to carry firearms, particularly in areas that are not densely populated " indeed, two of the plaintiffs in NYSRPA already have a license permitting them to carry a gun to hunt, for target practice, or while in areas not "frequented by the general public."
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