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and tradition, some circuits have
revolted against the D.C. v. Heller
(2008) decision and, as Thomas and
Kavanaugh argued, " then 'filled'
the self-created 'analytical vacuum'
with a 'two-step inquiry' that
incorporates tiers of scrutiny on a
sliding scale. " That " test appears to
be entirely made up, " as " the Second
Amendment provides no hierarchy
of 'core' and peripheral rights. "
The appointment of Amy Coney
Barrett as a new justice likely
changed the balance on the Court to
one more sympathetic to the Second
Amendment. Meanwhile, a new case
was knocking at the Court's door:
New York State Rifle & Pistol Association
v. Corlett. The Second Circuit
had upheld New York's carry license
law based on its prior Kachalsky
decision. The petition to the U.S.
Supreme Court stated the issue to
be: " Whether the Second Amendment
allows the government to prohibit
ordinary law-abiding citizens
from carrying handguns outside the
home for self-defense. "
On April 26, 2021, the Court
granted the petition but rephrased
the issue as: " Whether the State's
denial of petitioners' applications
for concealed-carry licenses for
self-defense violated the Second
Amendment. "
Second Amendment supporters
rejoiced while the haters wailed
impending doom.
More often than not, the Court
relies on the issue as stated by the
petitioners. In this case, the Court
reformulated the issue to concern
concealed-carry licenses and did
not mention the alternative of open
carry. But the Court's version was
consistent with how New York carry
licenses work. It's a crime to carry
openly, and no license exists to do
so. The only license to carry that is
available authorizes concealed-carry
only. So not too much should be read
into the Court's version of the issue.
According to the schedule, the
parties and their amici will file
briefs this summer, and the case will
be heard during the October 2021
term. Oral argument will likely be
30 august 2021 I america's 1st
freedom
The Second Amendment
could not be
clearer: " the right of
the people to ... bear
arms shall not be
infringed. " New York's
version drops the
" not " and states that
the right to bear arms
of most people " may
be infringed, " and that
the state may dole
out that privilege to a
favored elite.
this fall, while a decision may not be
forthcoming until June of 2022-the
usual timing of the most-controversial
decisions.
Is there a danger that New York
will somehow tweak its law to
manipulate the Court's jurisdiction
by rendering the case moot? The city
did exactly that in 2019 in NYSRPA
v. City of New York. City law prohibited
persons with a premises permit
from taking a handgun outside their
dwelling other than to one of the five
ranges in the city. When the Court
granted review of the case, the city
frantically tried to weasel out. The
gun-prohibition movement nationwide
desperately wished to prevent
the Court from saying a word about
the Second Amendment. Sen. Sheldon
Whitehouse (D-R.I.) and four
other senators even filed a " friendof-the-court "
brief threatening to get
revenge against the Court if it ruled
in favor of the petitioners.
So the city amended its ordinance
to allow a premises-license
holder to take a handgun directly
to a shooting range outside the city
and directly back, and to take it to
a second home (but only if another
premises license is obtained there).
And the Court ruled the case to be
moot in 2020, over a strong dissent
by Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch
and Clarence Thomas.
While life in the Court's fast lane
can be unpredictable, it's difficult
to anticipate how New York might
escape a decision in this case. The
plaintiffs are individuals whose
applications for carry licenses were
denied as lacking " proper cause, "
and numerous members of NYSRPA
are in the same shoes. No way
is the state going to amend its law
to " shall- issue. " It could grant carry
licenses to the individual plaintiffs,
but there is no assurance that
it won't revoke those licenses if the
case is dismissed. Not to mention
the interests of the association
members. Often in constitutional-law
cases, the Court will retain
a case involving a dispute that
might superficially seem settled,
but is capable of repetition and yet
evades review.
Coincidentally, just days before the
Court granted the petition in April,
my new book appeared, The Right to
Bear Arms: A Constitutional Right of
the People or a Privilege of the Ruling
Class? It deals with the very issue
before the Court. For years, antigun
zealots and courts have been
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