Sacramento California, September 22, 2021: Americans Against Gun Violence filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in the case of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen on Tuesday, September 21, in which the organization called on the Supreme Court to overturn its rogue 2008 Heller decision.
In the NYSRPA v. Bruen case, the gun lobby claims that New York State’s laws restricting the carrying of concealed handguns violates the Second Amendment. The gun lobby’s argument is based almost entirely upon the Supreme Court’s 2008 Heller decision in which a narrow five to four majority of the Court ruled for the first time in U.S. history that the Second Amendment conferred any kind of individual right to own a gun unrelated to service in a well regulated militia. The Supreme Court had ruled in four previous cases that the Second Amendment, which begins with the phrase, “A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state,” did not confer an individual right to own guns for personal use.
The Heller decision has been described by respected authorities as “gun rights propaganda passing as scholarship” and as “evidence of the ability of well-staffed courts to produce snow jobs.” In his autobiography, the late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens described the Heller decision as “unquestionably the most clearly incorrect decision that the Court announced during my