The U.S. Concealed Carry Association Files Supreme Court Brief in Support of Second Amendment Right to Carry
West Bend, WI – The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA), one of the fastest-growing organizations in the country advocating for responsibly armed Americans, announced today that in partnership with several other leading 2A organizations, it has filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen , which the Court is set to hear this fall.
The USCCA and other signatories on the brief wrote the Court today that “the right to carry outside the home is within the core of the right to ‘keep and bear arms’ protected by the Second Amendment” and, as such, New York’s gun law violates the right to bear arms under the Constitution. Currently, New York requires concealed carry applicants to demonstrate “proper cause” to carry a firearm. California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws that prevent responsible Americans from protecting themselves.
"On behalf of the USCCA and its more than 600,000 members, we believe it’s critical for every member of the Supreme Court to hear directly from us that the fundamental, natural-born right to defend oneself and one’s family against harm does not end outside one’s home. Every American has the right to protect himself or herself and his or her family at all times, and it is long past time for the nation’s highest Court to affirm that,” USCCA President and Founder Tim Schmidt said today.
Schmidt and the USCCA also remain outspoken in their support for national concealed carry reciprocity so that responsible citizens can exercise their right to self-defense while they are traveling or temporarily living away from home. In recent weeks, the USCCA has gathered more than 315,000 petition signatures from Americans in support of national concealed carry reciprocity. H.R. 38, The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2021, was recently introduced by U.S. Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC) to allow law-abiding Americans to protect themselves and their families at all times by ensuring that a concealed carry permit in one state is recognized in other states that allow residents to carry.