At a time when anti-Second Amendment Democrats hold a slim majority in Congress and the White House issues threats to take away firearms from law-abiding citizens, the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to push back.
Former President Donald Trump stood his constitutional ground and protected American gun rights. During his tenure, Mr. Trump appointed three conservative justices to the high court with a celebrated history of backing the right to bear arms. Their mettle is about to be tested as they render a decision in New York Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett. The case challenges New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s legislative attack on the Second Amendment that limits qualified gun owners from securing a concealed carry permit in places like the Big Apple.
“Imagine someone carrying a gun through Times Square, onto the subway, or to a tailgate outside of a Bills game,” Gov. Cuomo reportedly said. “The streets of New York aren’t the O.K. Corral, and the NRA’s dream of a society where everyone is terrified of each other and armed to the teeth is abhorrent to our values.”
His reference to “values” highlights the corrupt nature of Democrat rule and the permit-issuing process in the notorious Blue State. Citizens are required not only to explain they rightly fear for their life and safety, but they must also provide a select reason to get a permit.
“Somebody in one county can get a concealed carry permit and someone in another county can’t. There’s no rhyme or reason to it,” executive director of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Tom King said. “If you have the legal right to possess a legal firearm, why shouldn’t you be able to use it and carry it to protect yourself outside your home?”
New York’s law remains increasingly subjective and open to the same corrupt practices Cuomo employed when vaccinating friends, family members, and celebrities ahead of dying people in nursing homes. “Abhorrent” is a word best suited to describe the way Cuomo wields power.
Gun rights organizations such as the National Rifle Association and others appear confident the conservative majority installed by Mr. Trump will strike down New York’s disguised prohibition on concealed carry. In recent years, the U.S. Supreme Court has steadily restored gun rights after a Joe Biden-led ban on “assault rifles” was implemented in the 1990s.
The 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision clarified that citizens have a Constitutional right to self-defense in the homes. That decision went national two years later after the court expanded gun ownership rights in a case known as McDonald v. Chicago. However, those decisions balanced the government’s interest in banning conceal or open carry in what it called “sensitive places.” This largely applied to commonsense settings such as schools, courthouses, and hospitals, among others.
Escalating left-wing violence continues across U.S. cities prompted concerned citizens to reportedly secure more than 7 million conceal carry licenses from 2015 to 2020. The success of the Second Amendment movement has Joe Biden’s handlers urging the Democrat-run Congress to strip wide-reaching rights. The occupant of the White House recently called lawful gun ownership an “international embarrassment.”