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The Supreme Court agreeing to hear a gun case is far rarer than I’d like for it to be, but I don’t get a say. I can voice my opinion, same as you, but there’s little I can do besides that.
But there’s at least one gun case before the Court right now. It involves a bizarre New York City law that prevents gun owners from transporting their property–namely, their guns–outside of the city for pretty much any reason.
Now, a number of other locations are joining in on the lawsuit, trying to make a case that the Big Apple is wrong. In Montgomery County, New York, County Executive Matthew Ossenfort wants his county to join that lawsuit.
Montgomery County Executive Matthew Ossenfort is seeking approval from the county legislature to support a pending constitutional challenge before the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a New York City law which has put traveling restrictions on law abiding gun owners.
Ossenfort announced Friday afternoon that he is asking the Montgomery County Legislature to approve a resolution that would allow the county to join in an amicus brief in support of overturning the 2nd U.S. Circuit of Appeal decision in the matter of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York, which prohibits transporting a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun to a home or shooting range outside of city limits.
In February 2018, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a law passed by New York City prohibiting people with a premises license for handguns to transport their guns to shooting ranges outside of New York City or to other properties owned by the license holder outside of New York City. The matter is currently pending on appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ossenfort said while he believes there is a need for reasonable gun legislation, laws should not target law abiding citizens that use guns in a safe manner for recreational shooting or to protect their families.
“I think there is a place for reasonable gun legislation, but at the same time I think this goes too far, and when you think it goes too far taking a position, especially for a country, like our’s is important,” Ossenfort said.
Ossenfort’s argument that the law targets law-abiding citizens is accurate. Criminals have transported guns into and out of New York City for decades, and little will stop them from doing so. This is the nature of the beast, I’m afraid.
Even if Montgomery County doesn’t join the lawsuit, I find it hard to believe that any justice will find constitutional justification for a law like this. Perhaps one could argue in favor of a bill that prohibited guns coming into the city, but leaving, if only for a short time? It’s probably the most bizarre and inane gun law I’ve ever heard of as it doesn’t even pass the sniff test using the typical anti-gun rhetoric.
If more guns equal more crime as many New York elites think, why bar someone from removing a firearm from the city?
It doesn’t stand up to logic either, of course.
However, it’s good to see so many places recognizing the insanity that New York’s law represents. Now, if they’d view the rest of their anti-gun laws in the same way, we’d be set.