BATON ROUGE, La. — (5/15/19) In an amicus brief filed today at the Nation’s highest court, Louisiana Attorney General Landry and his 24-state coalition are asking the United States Supreme Court to reject New York City’s extreme gun restrictions.
The legal filing in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., et al. v. City of New York, New York, et al. challenges the constitutionality of New York City’s pricey permit prohibiting the removal any firearm from the home with two exceptions – practicing at a range in the city or hunting in the state with authorization from the city’s police department.
“New York City’s ordinance is a triple threat to constitutional rights. In addition to infringing upon the rights of the citizens of New York City, when municipalities like New York City are allowed to criminalize traveling with a personal handgun safely stored inside a vehicle, they threaten the rights of all citizens to travel throughout the United States without being subject to arrest and prosecution,” filed General Landry.
To remove a firearm from a New York City home for any other purpose than the two listed above – one must have a separate, yet similarly expensive “carry” permit that is very difficult to obtain. Those who are miraculously able to get a permit are allowed to transport their guns outside of their homes only for the limited purpose of practice – and then only within New York City, unloaded, in a locked container, and with the ammunition carried separately.
In the amicus brief, General Landry and his coalition notes limiting citizens only to “keeping and bearing arms” in their homes is both inconsistent with history and unreasonable. This inherent natural right to use a firearm for the dual purposes of defending and providing sustenance for self and family is one historically protected against federal infringement by the Second Amendment.
“The need for self-defense is not limited to the home and the right to possess a firearm should not be either,” said General Landry. “From self-defense to hunting, the lawful exercise of our Second Amendment rights should be fully supported.”
The 23 states joining Louisiana in the brief are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, and West Virginia.