Topping Gun News In 2022: SCOTUS
Nullifies 'Good Cause' Restriction

June's Supreme Court ruling in the Bruen case has opened the
door to new legal challenges of restrictive 'gun control' laws.

By Dave Workman. Dec 26, 2022

It was the biggest gun rights story of the year—probably the decade—and the reaction by the gun control lobby and its allies in state legislatures provided all the evidence necessary for Second Amendment advocates to argue this isn’t about safety, but about control and treating a fundamental right as though it is a government-regulated privilege.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen is the Supreme Court decision—authored by Associate Justice Clarence Thomas for a 6-3 majority—sent anti-gun lawmakers into a scramble, not just in New York, but in a half-dozen other states. In the aftermath, there was no acknowledgement that a century-old law had wronged generations of Empire State gun owners, but an effort to write a law that many activists believe is worse than the one now stricken. It has drawn federal lawsuits already.

Democrat-controlled legislatures in New Jersey and California hurried to write new statutes which are already being challenged in the federal courts.

What the Bruen ruling said has broad implications, and it clearly put lower federal courts on notice.

“In Heller and McDonald,” Justice Thomas wrote for the majority, “we held that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. In doing so, we held unconstitutional two laws that prohibited the possession and use of handguns in the home. In the years since, the Courts of Appeals have coalesced around a ‘two-step’ framework for analyzing Second Amendment challenges that combines history with means-end scrutiny. .....


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