Supreme Court Hands Gun Owners An Unexpected Win


On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) declared that New York’s necessary cause requirement to get a concealed carry permit is unlawful.

The case of NY State Rifle and Pistol Assc. (NYSRPA) v. Bruen concerned denials for concealed carry licenses in New York. The NYSRPA sued, alleging that one of its association members was clearly eligible for a concealed carry permit but was blocked from having one because of the state’s requirement people prove why they need to have a weapon.

The case eventually focused on the Second Amendment, determining whether it protects the right to bear arms inside or outside of the home.

The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association responded, after SCOTUS granted cert in the case:

“This case challenges New York’s “proper cause” requirement for gun permit applicants. This rule is regularly used to deny people the right to carry a weapon outside of their home in New York. The National Rifle Association believes that law-abiding Americans should not be required to demonstrate they are under attack in order to obtain permission from the government to exercise their rights.”

Jason Ouimet, the current NRA-ILA director, also weighed in on the case after the court accepted it:

“Under current NY law, a law-abiding citizen becomes a felon the second he or she leaves home with a weapon. This is an obvious violation of America’s Second Amendment. We are delighted to take part in this case and excited for a future in which all lawful Americans may exercise their fundamental rights to self-defense.”

The immediate consequence of the June 23 decision is that New York’s proper cause rule has been struck down. What remains to be seen is how this ruling will affect other states–including California, which has similar concealed carry licensing criteria to the state’s proper cause rule–and whether NYSRPA v Bruen’s success leads to legal action against those states too.

Author: Blake Ambrose