New York City surrenders on gun control law to avoid SCOTUS review

Written by Jazz Shaw | Source: Hot Air | August 12, 2019 09:50 AM

New York City has voluntarily withdrawn one aspect of its gun control laws. This was done in an effort to stop the Supreme Court from hearing the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v.

City of New York. The law in question forbids residents with valid gun permits from transporting their firearms virtually anywhere outside their home. The sole exception is if they are traveling to or from an approved shooting range inside the city, and even then the weapon must be unloaded and locked in an approved container, rendering the firearm completely useless in an emergency situation. (You can read a good review of the law at Reason.)

That law had previously been challenged in both district court and a federal court of appeals and it was upheld both times. So why throw in the towel now? The simple answer is that they’re frightened of what might happen if the new conservative majority on the Supreme Court gets hold of it. (Washington Post)

Gun-control groups operate under a no-news-is-good-news approach to the Supreme Court, leery of giving what they view as a strengthened conservative majority the chance to expand gun rights and weaken restrictive laws.

In New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, which the court accepted in January, the city and state of New York appear to agree. They have essentially surrendered, changing the restrictions at issue even though the city successfully defended them before a district judge and a federal appeals court.


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