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

883 F.3d 45 (2018)

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

United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit

883 F.3d 45 (2018)

Facts

New York City issued premises licenses to residents who wanted to keep handguns in their homes for self-protection purposes. By law, these handguns were possessed legally only at the addresses listed on the premises licenses, except in specific circumstances. One circumstance in which a holder of New York City premises license could remove his firearm from his home was to take the firearm to an authorized shooting range. All seven authorized ranges were located in New York City, and each borough had at least one range. The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc., Romolo Colantone, Efrain Alvarez, and Jose Irizarry (collectively, the gun owners) (plaintiffs) filed an action in federal district court against the city of New York and the New York Police Department–License Division (collectively, the city) (defendants). The gun owners held premises licenses that identified their New York City home addresses, but they sought to transport their firearms to shooting ranges outside New York City. The gun owners moved for the district court to declare that the law prohibiting such transport was unconstitutional and to order an injunction against the enforcement of the law. The city moved for summary judgment. The district court granted the city’s motion for summary judgment and denied the requests of the gun owners, finding that the challenged premises-license restrictions did not violate the Second Amendment. The gun owners appealed.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning (Lynch, J.)

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