U.S. Supreme Court will hear first major gun rights case in a decade
By Chris Eger
(Photo: Fred Schilling/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States)
The U.S. Supreme Court in their orders on Tuesday agreed to hear a challenge to New York City’s restrictive gun laws.
The case was brought by three NYC gun owners– Romolo Colantone, Efrain Alvarez, and Jose Anthony Irizarry– who argue the city’s “premises permit” scheme, which drastically restricts the ability to leave one’s premises with a firearm, is unconstitutional. The gun owners are supported by a number of gun rights and law enforcement lobby groups as well as attorneys general from at least 17 states.
“The Supreme Court’s decision to hear this case sets the stage for affirming the individual right to self-defense outside of the home,” said Chris W. Cox, executive director of the National Rifle Association’s lobbying arm, on Tuesday. The NRA’s state affiliate, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, has been involved in the case going back to 2014 when the gun owners first challenged the city in court.
The gun owners argue the restrictive license mandates force gun owners to leave firearms in sometimes unoccupied buildings for long periods of time– such as in cases where they are at another home or out-of-town– and forces them to