For the first time in more than a decade the U.S. Supreme Court will hear a potentially landmark case involving Second Amendment rights. Alaska is one of 22 states to file an amicus brief in support of gun rights.

The case involves two men who were denied conceal carry permits in New York. They are now challenging the state law that prohibits law-abiding residents from carrying a concealed firearm outside the home unless they can show “proper cause” – or a special reason or need to provide self-protection. The men hold that law abiding citizens have a constitutional right to carry guns outside the home.

More than a decade ago the Supreme Court upheld the right to posses a firearm in one’s home for self-defense. The current case will look at whether the Second Amendment also guarantees the right to carry a firearm outside of one’s home.

Alaska’s Attorney General Treg Taylor noted that the amicus brief states that New York’s gun law is essentially a “subjective-issue permitting” process which infringes on citizens’ right to bear arms in self-defense outside the home. The brief also cited empirical evidence demonstrating that subjective issue permitting decreases safety and deprives citizens of the means to defend themselves from crime.

“In Alaska we recognize and respect the essential role firearms can play in keeping ourselves and our families safe, including outside of our homes,” Alaska Attorney General Treg Taylor stated in announcing that Alaska was backing the case. “I am pleased that the U.S. Supreme Court has chosen to hear this important case.”

Gov. Mike Dunleavy also weighed in.

“While Alaska not only recognizes but cherishes its freedoms under the Second Amendment, many Americans in other parts of the country are unconstitutionally prevented from fully exercising their Second Amendment rights,” Dunleavy stated. “I am encouraged the Court is taking up this case and could affirm a fundamental right to safely and responsibly carry a firearm outside of their home.”

The Supreme Court will take up the case at the start of its 2021-22 term, which begins in August.

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Alaska on board as Supreme Court agrees to hear major 2nd Amendment case

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.

1 Comment

  • Patricia Chitty says:

    Good objective reporting of the story. I think, though, that I would have done a little more investigative Reporting because all we have here is the couple’s version of what they were doing in DC and why they were suspect. I have never known the FBI to apologize even when they are wrong so, if I were this couple,I wouldn’t push my luck. Maybe the moral we should take from this story is this: People attending rallies that turn into an Insurrection probably put themselves in harm’s way and make themselves suspect. People were injured and died that day. The Capitol was damaged so,yes,the FBI should be investigating everyone present. It was pretty clear what the purpose of that day was. The people there were invited to go make trouble so there really never was any intent to protest peacefully. I think that piece of information is factually clear now. If the owners really are found to be innocent, I’d send the bill for the Door Repair to AG Garland’s Office with a copy of this story.