Everytown for Gun Safety, this week, filed an amicus brief (see below) in support of New York’s restrictive “may-issue” permitting system.
The Supreme Court is currently scheduled to hear a case, known as NYSRPA v Bruen, examining whether it’s constitutional for New York to deny a law-abiding citizen a concealed carry permit for self-defense under the state’s “proper cause” requirement.
Everytown contends that the “proper cause” requirement, which in practice allows local officials to arbitrarily deny one his/her right to bear arms, is not an infringement and has been the norm around the country for decades.
“Here…not only is there a long tradition of regulating public carry, but even the uncontested history is longstanding: The petitioners do not dispute that dozens of states and cities from the mid-19th-century to the early-20th century enacted laws that were at least as restrictive -4- as New York’s law. When this unrebutted history is added to the long tradition of public-carry regulations, there can be no doubt that New York’s law is constitutional,” Everytown writes in its brief.
The challenge to New York’s may-issue standard was filed by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and is backed by the National Rifle Association.
Cutting to the heart of the matter, the NRA believes that “law-abiding citizens should not be required to prove they are in peril to receive the government’s permission to exercise” 2A rights.
Everytown, however, believes allowing citizens to bear arms in the way the Founders and Framers intended is a “distorted telling of history.”
“In this latest attempt to force their dangerous views on the Second Amendment on the rest of the country, opponents of strong gun laws are relying on a distorted telling of history,” said Eric Tirschwell, executive director of Everytown Law, the litigation team affiliated with Everytown for Gun Safety.
“The last time this NRA affiliate argued before the Supreme Court, just two years ago, it was unsuccessful in advancing its extreme and dangerous position,” he continued. “While the court’s makeup has changed since then, the Second Amendment has not. As communities across the country grapple with increased gun violence, it’s particularly important that the high court get this case right, too.”
SCOTUS will hear the case during its 2021-22 term. Stay tuned for updates.