SCOTUS Hears NY 2nd Amendment Case
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New York Pistol and Rifle Association v. City of New York is being highlighted as the first 2nd
Amendment case the nation’s highest court has heard in nearly a decade. But the case stands out
in more ways than one.
The plaintiffs originally brought the case to federal courts to challenge an ordinance in New
York City prohibiting the transportation of premises-licensed firearms beyond city limits. They
complained their 2nd Amendment rights were being infringed upon in being prohibited from
taking their licensed firearms to shooting ranges and competitions outside of the city, as well as
second homes upstate.
But when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case, the city repealed the law and New York
State passed a law affirming the right to transport licensed firearms to shooting ranges and
second homes outside of city limits.
Despite concern over mootness—whether the legal question constitutes an active “case” or
“controversy” according to Article III of the U.S. Constitution—SCOTUS has moved forward
with the case.
The Court agreed to hear arguments Monday because the New York Pistol and Rifle Association
says their rights are still violated because they cannot stop for gas or a cup of coffee on the road
with their guns.
Should the Supreme Court decide to rule in the case, it could have substantial implications
related to the 2nd Amendment and the extent of judicial power.
For more information see SCOTUS Blog's Argument Preview.