American Rifleman - April 2021 - 72

INSIDE NRA | ILA REPORT

NRA Applauds Attorneys General
Amicus Brief In New York Carry Case

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n December, The National Rifle
Association's Institute for Legislative
Action (NRA-ILA) partnered with the New
York State Rifle and Pistol Association and
asked the Supreme Court to hear a challenge
to New York's restrictive process for issuing
concealed-carry licenses.
In February, 23 attorneys general filed an
amicus brief in support of that petition. That
effort was led by Attorneys General Eric S.
Schmitt of Missouri and Mark Brnovich of
Arizona. Also signing on to the brief were
Attorneys General Steve Marshall of Alabama,
Ed Sniffen of Alaska, Leslie Rutledge of
Arkansas, Ashley Moody of Florida, Christopher
M. Carr of Georgia, Lawrence G. Wasden
of Idaho, Theodore E. Rokita of Indiana,
Derek Schmidt of Kansas, Daniel Cameron of
Kentucky, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Lynn Fitch
of Mississippi, Austin Knudsen of Montana,

Douglas J. Peterson of Nebraska, Wayne
Stenehjem of North Dakota, Dave Yost of
Ohio, Mike Hunter of Oklahoma, Alan Wilson
of South Carolina, Jason R. Ravnsborg of South
Dakota, Ken Paxton of Texas, Sean D. Reyes of
Utah and Patrick Morrisey of West Virginia.
Attorneys general have a " special
responsibility to safeguard their citizens'
fundamental rights, including their right to
bear arms in self-defense outside the home, "
the brief argues. It also argues that " liberty
ensures security. The Founding generation
knew this all too well, and they enshrined
the right to bear arms in their constitutions
to keep it safe, not just from kings, but from
legislatures as well. "
The NRA-ILA greatly appreciates the
efforts that these attorneys general put into
this brief and their support for the right to
keep and bear arms.

NRA-Backed Lawsuit Challenges Maryland
Handgun Qualification License

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n January, the plaintiffs in an NRA-backed
lawsuit challenging Maryland's Handgun
Qualification License law asked the court
to rule that the law violates the Second
Amendment. The Handgun Qualification Law
requires all law-abiding Maryland residents who
wish to purchase a handgun to first fill out an
application, obtain a copy of their fingerprints
from a third party, attend a lengthy classroom
instruction, pass a live-fire exercise, pay a $50
application fee and wait up to 30 days for the
state police to process the information.
According to Maryland's own expert
witness, the Handgun Qualification Law was
APRIL 2021

created to " intimidate " law-abiding citizens
from exercising their Second Amendment
right to buy a handgun. That is because, in
addition to the Handgun Qualification Law,
Maryland law already requires handgun
purchasers to undergo a separate background
check, pay a registration fee and wait seven
business days before they can take possession
of the gun. These laws force law-abiding citizens who wish to purchase a handgun to wait
at least 39 days to obtain this legal item.
The case is called Maryland Shall Issue,
Inc., v. Hogan. It was filed in the United States
District Court for the District of Maryland.

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