The Tennessee Firearms Association joined the Second Amendment Foundation in an amicus brief for a 2nd Amendment Supreme Court case.
According to the court, the ruling from the issues presented in the case could have significance to potential future challenges to Tennessee’s permitting and permitless carry laws.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc v. Kevin P. Bruen, is challenging current laws and regulations of New York State’s concealed carry requirements.
“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. 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,” said SAF founder Alan M. Gottlieb
The Tennessee Firearms Association argues that, like New York, states across the country have imposed unfair restrictions, including Tennessee.
“It does not say that the prohibition on government infringement only applies to those 21 and up, that it only applies to handguns, that it only applies in some government owned locations but not others or other similar infringements,” the organization said of the Constitution.
Gun rights groups throughout Tennessee have pointed to the age limit and argued it to be an unfair restriction. After the bill was passed, the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC) sued the state of Tennessee to challenge the constitutionality of the law. The group filed on behalf of three Tennessean men ages 18, 19, and 20. The lawsuit argues that the law excludes an entire class of law-abiding adults because it doesn’t apply to adults under 21 years old.
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