The Biden administration on Tuesday urged the Supreme Court to maintain a handgun restriction in New York City in an upcoming and potentially historic Second Amendment court clash.
The Justice Department, in a brief filed on behalf of the administration, argued that judges should defer to the long-standing legislative practice of placing limits on firearms to protect public safety.
“Congress has disarmed criminals and others who may be dangerous or irresponsible. It has banned the carrying of weapons in sensitive places, such as courthouses and school zones. … All these regulations are in conformity with the Constitution ”, indicates the brief of the government. “New York’s proper cause requirement is also constitutional. “
The question is whether New York’s firearms licensing policy violates the constitutional right to bear arms by requiring applicants to demonstrate “good cause” in order to obtain a license to carry a gun. handgun outside the house.
The lawsuit came after a New York licensing official rejected an offer from two residents for unrestricted port licenses, saying the applicants had established just cause for things like target shooting and shooting. hunting, but do not carry handguns at all times.
The legal challenge is supported by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, an affiliate of the National Rifle Association.
The lower courts rejected the challengers’ claim that New York’s regulations violate the Second Amendment, prompting their appeal to the Supreme Court.
The case has generated considerable outside interest, both from gun advocates who want to see judges use the case to extend gun rights, to states and gun control groups warning that public safety could be threatened if regulatory authority is canceled.
The arguments in the case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, are scheduled for November 3.
Updated at 5:58 p.m.