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Rogers v. Grewal

140 S. Ct. 1865 (2020)

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Rogers v. Grewal

United States Supreme Court

140 S. Ct. 1865 (2020)

Facts

Thomas Rogers (plaintiff) ran a business that required him to service automated-teller machines in an area with a high degree of crime. Rogers applied for a permit to carry a handgun for self-defense purposes. The application was denied on the basis of a New Jersey law that prohibited public carry, whether concealed or open, unless the applicant could show justifiable need. Justifiable need was defined as urgent necessity for self-protection as evidenced by threats or previous attacks, demonstrating a special danger to the applicant’s life that can only be avoided by publicly carrying a handgun. Rogers challenged the statute on the ground that it violated the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution. Both the federal district court and the federal court of appeals upheld the constitutionality of the statute. Rogers then petitioned the United States Supreme Court for certiorari, which was denied. However, Justices Thomas and Kavanaugh dissented from the denial.

Rule of Law

Issue

Holding and Reasoning

Dissent (Thomas, J.)

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