My friends, don’t despair. Not yet anyway. We’ve watched the SCOTUS (Supreme Court Of The United States) punt on some cases which we’d prefer they weighed in on. But, it looks as if they are going to consider the extent to which the Second Amendment protects the right to carry firearms outside the home surrounding self-defense concepts. This is good, I hope.
Yes, even though the makeup of the SCOTUS appears to be very fair-minded, I always approach this with some rational fear and trepidation. The idea that we need to routinely ask a group of robed masters for their help in terms of justice, is not a good indication of the health of our culture. However, in cases like this, justice cannot be attained in the state of New York through other ethical means. I’m friends with Tom King, President of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, and have served with him on NRA committees in the past. We’ve spoken at length about the plight surrounding our fellow countrymen in New York, and they simply can’t get justice in that environment. The government entrenched in New York State and the City of New York alike, simply won’t affirm a person’s civil liberties. So they have no choice left, but to appeal to a court in the hopes of finding some shred of integrity via the law.
Essentially the petition for a writ of certiorari is being granted to NYSRPA in the circumstances that surround the State of New York’s decision to deny a petitioner’s applications for a concealed weapons permit and if so did this constitute a clear violation of the 2A. What is a “petition for a writ of certiorari” you ask? It is basically a request for a higher court to review the decision of a lower court. In this case, the SCOTUS granted the petition, and the case will be heard by the SCOTUS. If the SCOTUS had not granted their petition for a writ of certiorari, the people of New York would be stuck with the tyranny they currently receive from the government that looms over them. Our hope is the SCOTUS decides what New York has done to its millions of citizens is not in alignment with the Constitution.
I don’t know the timeline on when arguments will be heard or how long they’ll take. But we’ll keep you informed as this will have long-lasting ramifications regardless of how the court decides.
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Michael Ware – IFC Chairman