TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – AG Schmidt has urged the United States Supreme Court to review a New York gun law that could pose a threat to the Second Amendment, he says.
Attorney General Derek Schmidt said he told the U.S. Supreme Court that Second Amendment protection for residents to own and carry guns applies outside a person’s home.
According to AG Schmidt, he joined 25 other state attorneys general in filing an amicus brief with the United States Supreme Court to urge judges to overturn a United States Court of Appeals decision for the 2nd Circuit which upheld a New York law that requires compliance with the law. residents to provide documents on the “valid grounds” why they should be allowed to carry a weapon for protection or other legal purposes.
Attorneys general said the law is in direct conflict with the 2008 Supreme Court ruling that the Second Amendment includes the right of law-abiding residents to keep and bear arms in self-defense, including the legally carrying a weapon outside the home and across state borders. . They said laws similar to New York’s have been struck down in several cases in recent years, including Hawaii’s law overturned by the 9th Circuit in 2018.
Schmidt said the court ruling on the matter would clarify that the Second Amendment rights of the Kansans and all residents to carry a gun outside the home are constitutionally protected.
According to Schmidt, New York’s licensing system flies in the face of Kansas and 41 other states that maintain an objective criteria-based licensing regime for licensing, which could include a background checks, firearms training and use of force laws. He said attorneys general argue New York’s system creates a fundamental burden on residents without advancing public safety and crime prevention goals, leaving guns in the hands of a few. elected officials who can show the government a “special need”. “
To read the brief sent by Schmidt and the other attorneys general, click on HERE.
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