U.S.A. –-(AmmoLand.com)- On Monday, April 26, 2021, the United States Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of New York Rifle, Et Al. v. Corlett, for the question of whether the denial of applications for firearms carry licenses violates the Second Amendment. From the supremecourt.gov:
The petitions for writs of certiorari are granted.
20-843 NEW YORK STATE RIFLE, ET AL. V. CORLETT, KEITH M., ET AL.
The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to the following question: Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.
This is the first significant Second Amendment case the court has decided to take, arguably, in a decade.
While the court decided to hear a previous New York State Rifle case, it decided the case was made moot before arguments were heard. Others might argue the Caetano case was important, which while true, it was not as important as a case directly dealing with carry of firearms outside the home.
This New York State Rifle case is primarily about whether a local authority may arbitrarily deny otherwise qualified citizens from obtaining concealed-carry licenses for self-defense outside the home.
Ideological Leftists, Progressives, Cultural Marxists, or Woke (all versions of the same unlimited government power ideology), have feared a case such as this for some time. It is why the District of Columbia refused to appeal the Wrenn v. D.C. decision in 2017.
The make-up of the Supreme Court has not changed to favor those who view the Constitution as a “living document”. Three originalists and textualists have been appointed to the Supreme Court by President Donald Trump.
On the other hand, Chief Justice Roberts has moved further to the left, often siding with the three far-left justices.
The very limited question, in this case, maybe the result of bargaining by Chief Justice Roberts, to ensure some form of permit law remains after the decision by the Supreme Court. As the question is limited to whether the denial of a permit is unconstitutional under the Second Amendment, the implication is the permit itself is acceptable.
As the case will be limited to the question of denial, the court would have room in the future to decide if permits themselves are an infringement.
Leftists on the court seem to be working hard to deny Second Amendment rights through delay, as long as possible. They may hope for a Biden administration to bolster their numbers by packing the Court. They certainly expected reinforcements under a Hillary presidency.
This correspondent has yet to see this case scheduled for oral arguments. It seems likely they would be heard in November of 2021.
About Dean Weingarten:
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.