What You Need to Know About the NRA's Supreme Court Lawsuit


New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York

The U.S. Supreme Court heard the first gun-related case in nearly a decade on December 2. The case — called New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York is an NRA lawsuit, and it has the potential to bring forward the most dangerous Supreme Court ruling in history. Not only could the ruling reverse major progress made to end gun violence, but it could also block our future progress in passing gun safety laws

The NRA is trying to roll back gun safety laws

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“If ever there were a case for judicial caution and restraint, this is it. …The Court should preserve the rights of Americans to enact effective gun violence prevention measures to prevent bloodshed before it happens.”

— Brady and Team ENOUGH's amicus brief

What’s Being Argued in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York?

The plaintiff, the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA), is the New York State affiliate of the NRA. They’re challenging a now-repealed New York City firearms regulation that restricted the transport of handguns within and outside of the city. Firearm regulations like New York City’s old rule don’t exist anywhere else in the United States, and there’s no effort to implement similar regulations elsewhere. The NRA cherry-picked this extremely uncommon — and now nonexistent — regulation for one reason alone: to push their extreme and dangerous interpretation of the Second Amendment and launch a broad attack on the common-sense, constitutional gun safety laws in place across the country.

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Our Progress in the Fight to End Gun Violence is at Stake

The NRA and its allies want to use this case to challenge and roll back hundreds of gun safety laws across the country. Since 2013, more than 300 gun safety laws have been passed in states across the country. If the NRA has its way, we could see even more guns in public spaces, more guns in the hands of people who should not have them, and more guns on our streets.

What This Case Could Mean for Gun Safety Laws in Your State

Every gun law is at risk, including laws regulating who can carry guns in public and where they can carry them, laws regulating assault weapons, high-capacity magazines, and silencers, and even laws restricting access to firearms by criminals, convicted domestic abusers, and others at a high risk of perpetrating violence.

The American People Overwhelmingly Support Common-Sense Gun Laws

The Constitution is clear — and so are the views of Republicans, Democrats, and Independents alike: the American people have the right to enact the gun laws they want and need, and most Americans support common-sense legislation to combat gun violence. In today’s deeply polarized political landscape, gun reform is one of the few areas with growing overwhelming bipartisan support — and growing support, at that. In recent years, voters have helped ushered in major progress in the movement to end gun violence, with state legislatures passing more than 315 gun safety laws since the 2012 mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT. What’s more, appellate courts across the country have overwhelmingly found that gun safety laws are consistent with the Second Amendment.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York is nothing more than a cynical attempt to use the courts to stop the gun safety gains made in statehouses and at the ballot box. Join us in rallying at the Supreme Court on December 2!

Bottom line: The Supreme Court must dismiss this case!

We must reject the NRA's dangerous attempt to roll back gun safety laws from coast to coast.