Published On: Wed, Jul 21st, 2021

26 State Attorneys General Oppose New York Gun Rule As ‘Unconstitutional’

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The attorneys general for Arizona and Missouri are leading a coalition of 26 states that oppose a New York gun law as unconstitutional. Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday filed an amicus brief (pdf) with the U.S. Supreme Court regarding the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen (Corlett) case. The coalition urged the nine justices to declare New York’s “proper cause” licensing requirement unconstitutional. “New York’s handgun permit regime, with its ‘proper cause’ requirement, unconstitutionally prevents the vast majority of law-abiding citizens from exercising their fundamental, enumerated right to defend themselves when it is more necessary—before they become a victim,” according to the 32-page brief. “For this reason alone, the law is invalid per se. Due to the subjective nature of New York’s ‘proper cause’ test and officials requiring citizens to document future danger (including past violence where the same regime …

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