Time and time again, President Joe Biden has made it clear that he’s in favor of imposing limits on the Second Amendment-protected right to keep and bear arms — including restrictions on the right of Americans to carry a concealed firearm in public.
Biden and others like him may soon be greatly disappointed, however, if the Supreme Court does as it signaled it may on Wednesday and strikes down, or at least substantially alters, a highly restrictive concealed carry licensing scheme out of New York state.
Fox News reports that oral arguments were heard Wednesday in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, which challenges the state’s requirement that applicants show a specific “proper cause” — above and beyond the mere defense of self and property — in order to be approved for a concealed carry permit.
While a final decision from the Supreme Court in the case won’t be issued until some time in 2022, Fox noted that a majority of the justices seemed to indicate they would be inclined to strike down the rule.
Oral arguments heard
An analysis of the oral arguments by SCOTUSblog appeared to reach the same conclusion: that the justices likely wouldn’t buy what New York Democrats are trying to sell.
That said, it was speculated that the ruling would likely be a narrow one that applies only to the Empire State, and not across the country.
Of course, the three liberal justices on the high court weren’t shy in expressing their support for New York’s restrictive law. But the same could not be said for the rest of the jurists, who took turns grilling the attorneys for both the state and the Biden administration.
It was the line of questioning put forward by the likes of Justice Brett Kavanaugh, among others, that led to the presumption that an eventual ruling by the high court would likely focus solely on the “proper cause” provision, and not veer off into rolling back other restrictions commonly applied to concealed carry permits, such as restrictions against even licensed carry in certain “sensitive places” like bars and sports stadiums.
Nonetheless, even Chief Justice John Roberts was reportedly skeptical that New York’s “proper cause” restriction was constitutional, and he — along with Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas — was described as having poked numerous holes in the logic put forward by both the state and federal attorneys.
A major case
Whether the court’s final ruling applies more broadly or not, it could still have major implications.
Indeed, quite a bit of attention has been paid already to this particular case, as more than 80 separate amicus briefs were filed both in support of and against the law in question, according to reports.
Hopefully, the justices on the high court’s bench will focus on the Constitution in making their decisions on whether the Second Amendment still applies, even in the Big Apple.