FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 15, 2020
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Decision leaves anti-gun policies on the books, and gun rights in limbo.
Loveland, Colo. – The National Association for Gun Rights issued the following statement, rebuking the U.S. Supreme Court and their decision not to hear multiple Second Amendment cases.
“Yet again, the U.S. Supreme Court handed radical anti-gunners a win by failing to take up several would-be landmark cases and restore our right to bear arms,” said NAGR President Dudley Brown.
“Every year gun owners hear this might be the year, only for the Court to disappoint us.” said Brown.
As announced today, cases that will not be heard include the right to carry a concealed firearm in public, and the constitutionality of so-called ‘assault weapons’ bans, leaving unconstitutional lower court decisions in place.
“As a result of the decision not to hear these cases, state and local governments are green lighted to continue picking apart the Heller decision, and the Second Amendment like vultures.” said Brown.
In a dissenting opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas, joined by Justice Brett Kavanaugh, lamented the Court’s “decade-long failure to protect the Second Amendment” saying:
"This Court would almost certainly review the constitutionality of a law requiring citizens to establish a justifiable need before exercising their free speech rights... But today, faced with a petition challenging just such a restriction on citizens’ Second Amendment rights, the Court simply looks the other way."
“Justice Thomas is spot on, and it’s only a matter of time before the Court can no longer ignore the massive infringements on our gun rights. We call on Chief Justice Roberts, Justice Gorsuch and Justice Alito to step up to the plate before the American people lose even more of their Second Amendment rights.”
“The National Association for Gun Rights and the National Foundation for Gun Rights (armed with our 4.5 million grassroots supporters) will continue working to defend law-abiding gun owners and to overturn anti-gun laws,” concluded Brown .