Texas Joins 21 Other States Against NY SAFE Act

Texas Law Shield supports the recent actions of the  attorney general of Texas, who along with the AGs of 21 other states has filed an amicus brief in a lawsuit that seeks to overturn New York’s SAFE Act, claiming the law is unconstitutional.

Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange filed the brief in the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals as part of the lawsuit NYSRPA v. Cuomo, which was filed by individual gun owners and organizations challenging New York’s gun ban.

“This brief is about protecting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens to bear arms in the defense of themselves and their families,” Strange said.

The brief states, “Because New York’s law amounts to a categorical ban of firearms commonly used for lawful purposes by law-abiding citizens, this Court should subject the law to strict scrutiny under its tiers of scrutiny framework.”

“The Act fails strict scrutiny,” the brief continues. “Studies show that the federal ‘assault weapons’ ban had no measurable effect on gun violence, and police officers oppose such bans. Furthermore, criminals will continue to obtain weapons with the banned safety features, placing law-abiding citizens at risk. And those features increase accuracy, enabling citizens to mount a more effective defense and increasing public safety.”

The states participating in the amici curiae brief include Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

Download the brief here

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