Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich joined 26 other states to submit an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of a lawsuit seeking to expand 2nd Amendment rights.
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.
“Law-abiding citizens should not require the consent of faceless bureaucrats to exercise their right to keep and bear arms. New York cannot override the Second Amendment or the natural right of self-preservation. I will continue to vigorously protect Americans’ constitutional rights,” Attorney General Brnovich said in a statement.
Brnovich and the other states argue in the brief that New York’s concealed carry permit laws are harmful to public safety and contradict the original public meaning of the Second Amendment.
In their brief, the group of states cited the landmark Supreme Court case Heller v. D.C as a partial basis for their reasoning.
“In Heller, following the text and history of the Second Amendment, this Court held that the federal constitution ‘guarantee[s] the individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,’” the group wrote.
The case is quickly gaining national attention, as the case will be the first 2nd Amendment argument that the Court has issued an opinion on in more than a decade.
“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 Second Amendment Foundation founder Alan M. 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.”
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