As anti-gun politicians do their best to hammer another anti-gun bill into more anti-gun laws, there’s a ray of sunshine thanks to the SCOTUS decision on NYSRPA v. Bruen.
Well, maybe that isn’t the right way to describe the Supreme Court’s ruling on New York’s gun laws.
There’s an entirely new sun that just exploded into being and is setting fire to entire planets of state- and municipal-level anti-gun legislation.
With its ruling on NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court of the U.S. has reinforced that your Second Amendment rights aren’t about “bearing” a firearm in your home. They are all about your fundamental right to bear arms, which means publicly, and that the only “reason” you need to do so is the fact that you wish to.
The state law at the heart of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen required anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside the home to show “proper cause” for the license. New York courts interpreted that phrase to require applicants to show more than a general desire to protect themselves or their property. Instead, applicants must demonstrate a special need for self-defense — for example, a pattern of physical threats. Several other states, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey, impose similar restrictions, as do many cities.
What Comes Next?
No one knows where this is going to lead. The anti-gunners are screeching about how unjust it is for them to be forced to be near a fellow American exercising his or her constitutional rights.
The pro-gun forces in this country are celebrating a win the likes of which we haven’t seen since the Heller decision.
Administrators in charge of several cities and states are warming up for what I am certain will be a herculean display of foot-dragging. Just because the U.S. Supreme Court says they have to respect your individual rights doesn’t mean they have to be happy or in a hurry about it.
And television talking heads and carefully cultivated online political personalities are all gearing up for a shrieking match that will likely make and break careers.
Then there you are, right in the middle, wondering what it is that you can do to help.
Well, I hear you, because I’m in the same spot.
What You Can Do
What you can do — what we all can do — is to never, under any circumstances, let up.
There are no days off. There are no “cheat days” or weekends or any other half-measures in the fight for liberty. Those who would seek to disenfranchise you of your fundamental human right to effective self-defense never rest, and we can’t either.
Continue contacting your representatives at all levels, preferably by phone and by mail. Emails are easy for interns to delete and for the intended recipient to never even know existed; phone calls and physical snail mail are not. We must use this moment to continue driving home a single message: Gun control is un-American, and gun control is a political loser for any politician who is even thinking about throwing his or her weight behind new gun laws in anywhere but the most rabid of anti-gun corners of American politics.
Note from USCCA: If you’re looking for an easy way to get involved, check out the U.S. Concealed Carry Association for Saving Lives. Our goal is to raise awareness of firearm-related issues and to engage gun owners in the political process.
We will continue to fight for our natural rights, and we will get to national reciprocity. We will not take even a single step backward. And we will not abide politicians for whom we vote betraying us by supporting even a single anti-gun policy.
Remind them of that. Never let them forget that. And spend your time and your money supporting those candidates who are celebrating today.