Explore The NRA Universe Of Websites

APPEARS IN News

Supreme Court’s Inaction Frustrates Second Amendment Supporters, Emboldens Anti-gun Activists

Monday, June 22, 2020

Supreme Court’s Inaction Frustrates Second Amendment Supporters, Emboldens Anti-gun Activists

Gun owners are by now used to being disappointed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal to uphold their rights or even to defend its own Second Amendment precedents. But the court’s neglect reached a new low last Monday, with its sweeping decision to deny review of the many Second Amendment cases pending on its docket.

At issue were 10 petitions that offered the court opportunities to clarify the most important and contentious issues in the modern Second Amendment landscape, controversies that in some cases have led to radically different approaches by public officials and the lower courts.

The high court, however, passed on all of them. The Supreme Court’s most recent “punt” prompted outrage not only from pro-gun activists, but by members of the court itself who remain committed to upholding Second Amendment rights.

Justice Clarence Thomas, who has long criticized his colleagues’ neglect of the Second Amendment, chose the NRA-backed case of Rogers v. Grewal to renew his objections to what he characterized as “the Court simply look[ing] the other way” on infringements of the right to keep and bear arms.

The Rogers petition asked the Supreme Court to review a decision from the Third Circuit that upheld New Jersey’s “may-issue” concealed carry regime, effectively allowing New Jersey officials to deny ordinary citizens the right to bear arms in public for self-defense.

In a 19-page dissent from the court’s refusal to hear the case, Thomas argued that the court should have granted review, that the Second Amendment protects a right to bear arms in public for self-defense, and that New Jersey’s “may-issue” regime violates that right. Trump appointee Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined Thomas in dissent.  

Thomas wrote that “many courts have resisted our decisions in Heller and McDonald” by ignoring its analytical approach and substituting a “made up” test with no basis in the Second Amendment or the Supreme Court’s precedents on that provision. Moreover, he stated, the lower courts’ application of that test “has yielded analyses that are entirely inconsistent with Heller,” which “cautioned that ‘[a] constitutional guarantee subject to future judges’ assessments of its usefulness is no constitutional guarantee at all’”.

“[W]e explicitly rejected the invitation to evaluate Second Amendment challenges under an ‘interest-balancing inquiry, with the interests protected by the Second Amendment on one side and the governmental public-safety concerns on the other,’” Thomas reminded the court. “But the application of the test adopted by the courts of appeals has devolved into just that,” he said.

While bystanders can only speculate on the reason the court continues to “look the other way” on the Second Amendment, at least two clear implications for gun owners emerge from this latest development.

One, they must continue to support President Trump’s unprecedented efforts to seat fearless and unapologetic constitutionalists to all levels of the federal courts.

Second, they must redouble their activism in the political sphere to ensure that if the courts too often won’t respect their rights, their elected officials will.

As always, your NRA will be at the forefront of these and other efforts to protect the right to keep and bear arms.

IN THIS ARTICLE
U.S. Supreme Court
TRENDING NOW
Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

News  

Sunday, August 22, 2021

Biden Administration Bans Importation of Russian Ammunition

The Biden Administration’s Department of State announced that it will soon prohibit the importation of Russian ammunition into the United States. According to a release on the Department of State’s website, “[n]ew and pending permit applications ...

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

News  

Wednesday, June 9, 2021

DOJ Releases Biden Gun Confiscation Order Legislation

DOJ has made clear that Garland’s selective definition of “civil rights” has no room for the Second Amendment...

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Friday, September 24, 2021

California: Governor Newsom Signs Anti-Privacy Legislation

Yesterday, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 173 into law, giving researchers access to a host of information on gun owners, including personal identifying information.

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

University President, Activist Scolds, Try to Take “Come and Take It” Battle Cry

News  

Monday, September 20, 2021

University President, Activist Scolds, Try to Take “Come and Take It” Battle Cry

Long a slogan of defiance and independence, it is little wonder that the phrase “Come and take it” now finds itself falling into disfavor with a new generation of busybodies and penny-ante authoritarians. The latest ...

NRA Files Comments Opposing ATF’s “Stabilizing Brace” Proposed Rule

News  

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

NRA Files Comments Opposing ATF’s “Stabilizing Brace” Proposed Rule

As we’ve previously reported, the Biden Department of Justice is threatening to upend the U.S. firearm industry and how Americans exercise their Second Amendment rights.

Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

News  

Monday, July 26, 2021

Biden Reiterates Call to Ban 9mm Handguns

During a July 21 CNN “presidential town hall,” Joe Biden expressed his support for a ban on commonly-owned handguns. Responding to a question about the recent increase in violent crime, the career politician stated,

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

Gun Laws  

Monday, June 30, 2014

Guide To The Interstate Transportation Of Firearms

CAUTION: Federal and state firearms laws are subject to frequent change. This summary is not to be considered as legal advice or a restatement of law.

The State of Surveillance: California Cops and Social Media Monitoring

News  

Monday, September 20, 2021

The State of Surveillance: California Cops and Social Media Monitoring

Last year, the Brennan Center for Justice requested under California’s freedom of information law, that the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) provide records relating to the Department’s “social media monitoring” activities.

Harvard Researcher: About Half of New Gun Owners are Women

News  

Monday, September 20, 2021

Harvard Researcher: About Half of New Gun Owners are Women

In a blow to the tired stereotypes perpetuated by gun control supporters, a recent academic survey found broad diversity among recent first time gun buyers.

MORE TRENDING +
LESS TRENDING -

More Like This From Around The NRA

NRA ILA

Established in 1975, the Institute for Legislative Action (ILA) is the "lobbying" arm of the National Rifle Association of America. ILA is responsible for preserving the right of all law-abiding individuals in the legislative, political, and legal arenas, to purchase, possess and use firearms for legitimate purposes as guaranteed by the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.