West Bend, WI – The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), which is one of the fastest-growing organizations in the country representing responsibly armed Americans, released the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court issued a decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen in favor of Americans’ constitutional right to self-defense:
“The fundamental, natural-born right to defend yourself and your family against harm does not end outside your home, and the highest Court in our nation has affirmed this,” said USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt. “Over the last few years, law-abiding Americans have made clear that they want to protect themselves by purchasing firearms in record numbers. Simply put, Americans are fearful of rising crime and alarmed at the lack of action on this issue by Congress and the White House. Our country’s laws must be guided by the Constitution, and thankfully today millions of law-abiding Americans whose rights have been stifled are finally one step closer to protecting themselves and their families.”
Representing more than 650,000 members, the USCCA — along with several other leading Second Amendment organizations – filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen case to call for the protection of Americans’ constitutional right to self-defense. The Supreme Court’s ruling will have an impact not only on New York but also on six other states that have similar laws requiring concealed carry applicants to demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm, including California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
“The right to keep and bear arms is only gaining momentum and importance. Today’s decision is a step in the right direction, and the USCCA will not stop advocating for responsibly armed Americans to exercise their unalienable right to self-defense whether they are inside their homes, within their communities or traveling to other states,” Schmidt concluded.
Further, this ruling comes as major cities nationwide are experiencing a surge in violent crime, making personal safety a key issue for Americans. As residents are robbed in their own homes and citizens are afraid to drive around their own communities, legal firearms sales have passed 1.25 million per month for 33 straight months. According to the FBI’s report on firearm purchase background checks, this marks the highest era of gun purchases to date. The faces of gun ownership are also evolving, with minorities and women stepping up in never-before-seen numbers to exercise their fundamental Second Amendment rights. As firearms sales grow, so does the demand for firearms education and training provided by the USCCA.
About the USCCA. The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) is an association of responsible, 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.