News Tip: Experts Available To Comment on SCOTUS Second Amendment Case
The Supreme Court said Monday it would hear oral arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Corlett, in which it will decide what authority the state has to regulate guns in public.
Experts from Duke University’s Center for Firearms Law are available to comment.
“The Supreme Court’s decision today to hear another Second Amendment case is extremely significant, says Jake Charles, executive director of the Center for Firearms Law at Duke Law. “The court has not reviewed a major Second Amendment case in more than a decade, and its decision to review New York’s concealed carry licensing law has implications far beyond New York.”
“At issue in the case is New York’s requirement that an applicant for a concealed-carry handgun license show ‘proper cause’ to carry a handgun concealed. Six other states have similar laws that require an applicant to show some sort of good cause to obtain a carry license.”
“Just as significant as a ruling on that type of law, the Supreme Court may also provide much needed guidance for lower courts considering how to decide Second Amendment cases — should courts look only to text, history and tradition in measuring whether a law is constitutional or do empirical facts about the law’s impact on public safety also matter?”
Jake Charles is a lecturing fellow and executive director of the Center for Firearms Law. He writes on the Second Amendment and firearms law at Second Thoughts. Charles’ primary academic interests include questions about Second Amendment methodology, doctrine and theory, as well as the place of guns in the criminal legal system.
Other experts available for comment:
Joseph Blocher is co-director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law and a constitutional law scholar. His current scholarship proposes a new paradigm of gun regulation based on the rights of citizens to conduct business in public without fear of gun violence.
Darrell A. H. Miller is co-director of the Duke Center for Firearms Law and a constitutional law scholar. He speaks widely on constitutional interpretations of the Second Amendment, insurrectionist theory, vigilantism, sanctuary cities and states, carry laws, and more.
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