Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark opinion in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, concluding that: “The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus, the trusted voice of Minnesota’s gun owners to defend and restore the right to keep and bear arms, has been actively involved in supporting this case, including co-authoring an amicus brief with the Second Amendment Foundation and 11 other state gun rights organizations supporting the citizens who were wrongfully denied their right to bear arms.
“Today’s decision affirms that the constitutionally protected right to bear arms does not end at your front door, ” said Bryan Strawser, Chair.
The Court’s decision also challenges a two-step approach used by lower courts to evaluate the constitutionality of restrictions on the Second Amendment. “The two-step analysis has long been used by state and local governments to justify an endless number of infringements on the 2nd Amendment,” said Rob Doar, Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs. “Today’s decision by the Court will pave the way to provide appropriate Constitutional scrutiny to current and future restrictions on the right to bear arms.”
”The Minnesota Gun Owners Caucus is actively working to legally challenge arbitrary restrictions and hurdles preventing the exercise of Minnesotans’ constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in Minnesota. Today’s decision is a major step forward towards that goal,” added Strawser.