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VA – GUN RIGHTS – NRA Takes Carry Case to SCOTUS

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) has partnered with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) today to ask the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to New York’s restrictive process for issuing concealed carry licenses. “As long as New York continues denying law-abiding gun owners their Second Amendment rights, the NRA will continue fighting to protect and expand those rights,” said Jason Ouimet, executive director of NRA-ILA. The case, NYSRPA v. Corlett, challenges New York’s requirement for applicants to demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm. While New York routinely employs this arbitrary standard to deny carry permits, the NRA argues that this right should be available to “all ‘the people'” instead of a “subset of the people that can distinguish themselves from their fellow Americans” by showing proper cause. The NRA is the leader in America’s right-to-carry movement having pioneered the effort on legislative and legal fronts since the 1980s. Today, due to its efforts, more than 40 states have what the NRA describes as “shall-issue” laws where states are required to give residents who apply and satisfy prerequisites their requested permits.  The NRA is also the national leader in the “constitutional carry” movement where law-abiding residents in 16 states do not require a permit to carry a firearm.  This is the second lawsuit the NRA and NYSRPA have brought to the High Court in as many years. The move is just the latest in NRA’s decades-long fight to protect and expand Americans’ right to carry.  [full article]

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