UPDATED 8:53 AM PT – Thursday, November 4, 2021
The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in what many consider to be the most significant Second Amendment case in over a decade. Justices considered New York’s so-called “proper cause law” on Wednesday, which requires applicants to demonstrate a special need for self-defense to qualify for an unrestricted concealed carry license.
Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general representing two New York residents who were denied unrestricted carry licenses, argued the law violates the Second Amendment in that citizens need to satisfy a government official to exercise their constitutional right.
Many states, including New York, have overly stringent requirements that result in law-abiding Americans being denied their #2A rights. I was honored to lead 175 of my House colleagues in an amicus brief supporting the plaintiff in today’s case. I will always defend our freedoms. pic.twitter.com/CHa18Kq3xs
— Congresswoman Tenney (@RepTenney) November 3, 2021
Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that it seems inconsistent with an objective constitutional right if it’s dependent upon the discretion of an individual licensing officer.
“On the standard particular to them, why isn’t it good enough to say ‘I live in a violent area and I want to be able to defend myself?’” asked the Supreme Court Justice.
A decision in the case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, is expected in the summer of 2022.