President Joe Biden’s extremely anti-gun administration has resorted to asserting whatever influence it might have on the Supreme Court for an upcoming case that could result in a landmark decision for Second Amendment rights as they apply to handgun permits.
According to The Hill, the Biden administration, through the Department of Justice, urged SCOTUS to rule against challengers of a New York handgun permitting rule, in an upcoming case known as New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.
The case made it to the high court after lower courts rejected the challenge that stemmed from the denial of a handgun carry permit for two New York residents who believe they were able to show “proper cause” to the New York licensing bureau that handles handgun permits, which they denied for the two residents.
The case is expected to be heard in early November.
DOJ amps the pressure
It was Biden’s Department of Justice who filed a brief on behalf of the president’s administration, arguing in the brief that such laws were necessary, citing public safety concerns, clearly ignoring the logical presumption that criminals who use guns are not going through a licensing bureau in order to carry.
“Congress has disarmed felons and others who may be dangerous or irresponsible. It has forbidden the carrying of arms in sensitive places, such as courthouses and school zones,” DOJ officials wrote.
“All those regulations pass constitutional muster,” the Justice Department brief added. “New York’s proper-cause requirement is likewise constitutional.”
Previously, a New York licensing official denied a permit to the two residents, claiming that while proper cause to own a handgun was proven for target shooting and hunting, the official wasn’t convinced that they showed proper cause to be able to carry a handgun anywhere or anytime.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association, stepped in and spearheaded the case as it believes the New York law is a clear violation of Second Amendment rights.
Liberal states join
According to RLS Media, a number of additional Democrat-led states, such as New Jersey, also filed amicus briefs in support of the constitutionality of laws in states that require residents to prove the need to carry a handgun.
“Concealed carry can and does lead to unnecessary violence and brings more firearms to our town and city streets. We have worked hard to make New Jersey one of the safest states in the nation and have done so with the help of New Jersey’s longstanding gun safety laws,” Gov. Phil Murphy (D) said.
Only time will tell whether the conservative-stacked Supreme Court bench will side with anti-gun Democrats or law-abiding citizens who are entitled to the rights afforded to them by the Second Amendment. Either way, the upcoming case will have vast consequences for each side.