FIRST ON FOX: A coalition of more than two dozen Republican Attorneys at State have filed an amicus letter to the United States The Supreme Court calls on judges to declare a New York state secretly carrying gun laws unconstitutional.
Attorneys General Mark Brnovich of Arizona and Eric Schmitt of Missouri lead the group of 26 states filing legal cards in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association against Corlett – a case backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), which deals with a New York law that restricts who can carry concealed handguns outside their homes.
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“Law-abiding citizens should not demand the consent of faceless bureaucrats to exercise their right to hold and bear arms,” Brnovich said in a Tuesday statement. “New York cannot override the Second Amendment or the natural right to self-preservation. I will continue to vigorously protect American constitutional rights.”
Supreme Court on April 26 agreed to hear a decision of an appellate court on the maintenance of New York State’s state rules under 1911 Sullivan Act.
The archive includes a number of examples of law-abiding New York residents who were denied firearms permits even after demonstrating a “need” for one, according to a Tuesday press release.
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The Amicus brief from the Advocates General comes less than two weeks after the rep. Claudia Tenney, RN.Y., on July 7, announced that she had the support of 168 House Republicans by filing an amicus card in the Supreme Court case that supports the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association’s lawsuit.
Tenney also claims that New York’s law denying hidden transportation licenses to law-abiding citizens without a “proper case” determined by the state is a violation of the rights to the second amendment, the congresswoman announced Tuesday.
“This is likely to provide some clarity at the national level regarding the possibility of restricting the rights to the Second Amendment when it comes to covert transportation, especially outside the home,” Tenney told Fox News at the time.
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New York is among eight states that restrict who has the right to carry a weapon in public. The others are: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
That New York State Rifle and Pistol Association against Corlett The case involves two petitioners, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, who were denied hidden carrier licenses because New York Police Chief Richard McNally determined they did not have a “proper reason” for their requests.
Nash’s request cited recent robberies in his neighborhood and his recent completion of an advanced weapons course as the “real cause” of his license application.
McNally “rejected the application on the grounds that” Nash did not show appropriate reason “to carry a firearm in public for self-defense because he did not demonstrate a special need for self-defense that distinguishes him from the public,” the lawsuit says.
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Koch requested a license to conceal a carrier for self-defense, citing his experience with the safe handling of firearms and a series of security training courses as his proper cause, which McNally denied.
Coalition attorneys represent Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia and Wyoming.
Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.