West Bend, WI – U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) President and Founder Tim Schmidt hosted an online broadcast with U.S. Representative Claudia Tenney (NY-22) around the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen case that was recently heard by the U.S. Supreme Court. This case is challenging an antiquated and unconstitutional New York state law that requires residents to demonstrate “proper cause” in order to receive concealed carry licenses.
Earlier this year, the USCCA along with several other leading Second Amendment organizations filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in this case arguing that the right to carry outside one’s home goes to the heart of the right to “keep and bear arms” protected by the Second Amendment.
Today, at least seven other states have similar laws to the one being challenged in New York which prevent responsible Americans from protecting themselves. As a result “there are millions of Americans right now who would love to be able to exercise their right to bear arms in self-defense but can’t because the state they live in refuses to recognize that right at all,” said Schmidt.
Congresswoman Claudia Tenney also led an amicus brief with more than 175 of her U.S. House colleagues defending the right to concealed carry under the Second Amendment. “We have rights at stake right now… The second most important right we have obviously is the right to bear arms.” The Congresswoman goes on to say that “the fact that we even have a law that would put such restrictions on lawful carry especially outside the home is unbelievable. But thankfully the Supreme Court seems to be moving in a direction to give us all our rights back…”
According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, support for stricter gun laws is at its lowest level since 2005 and the number of voters who support stricter gun laws is down almost 10 points since a poll conducted in April. Depending on the Supreme Court’s decision, the language used in the final opinion could have long-standing effects on the constitutionality of other state laws. “The Supreme Court finding this New York law unconstitutional will also help lay the groundwork for our elected officials at the federal level in Washington to see that the antiquated patchwork of concealed carry laws in the US needs to change and that we need solutions like National Concealed Carry Reciprocity,” stated Schmidt.
As a co-sponsor of H.R. 38, the National Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, Congresswoman Tenney also touched on how important it is to fix the “patchwork of different states that are out there with different laws” and expressed hope that the Supreme Court in their final decision will address national reciprocity to “protect our right to carry and our right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.”
The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is an association of responsibly armed Americans whose members get exceptional self-defense education, lifesaving training and self-defense liability insurance, preparing them for the before, during and after of a lawful act of self-defense. The USCCA is the largest, fastest-growing self-defense association dedicated to responsible gun owners.