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2A Newsletter: July 23rd

80 Percent Arms   |   Jul 22nd 2021

NY Right To Carry Case Goes to Supreme Court!

We’re starting this week off strong this week as we revisit the fact that the Supreme Court had agreed to hear an appeal originating from a case in New York for the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense earlier this spring in April. This is incredibly exciting because this will be the first gun rights case that will be heard in the Supreme Court in a decade AND since the new conservative majority of judges on the bench became 6-3 (after Justice Amy Coney Barrett started in October 2020).

Several gun rights organizations have jumped on board to join the separate amicus briefs filed to SCOTUS by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms and boy were they juicy. With quotes like, “The fragility of American civilization has been on full display since the summer of 2020. The Nation is suffering a new period of violence and chaos. This time, however, a variety of radical political movements are advancing policies that seem designed to sow further violence and chaos. In response, Americans are relying on their firearms for self-defense—just as they have for centuries.”

What’s being reviewed is a lower-court ruling which upheld New York state’s pervasively restrictive gun permit law. The case is titled New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett — be sure to follow along for updates on this major groundbreaking case which could shift the tide in 2nd Amendment rights for Americans, unifying citizens’ ability to carry a firearm in public for self-defense regardless of state lines. The highest court in the land had previously rejected reviewing the case in June 2020 but is now set to oversee a review this October.

House Republicans Preemptively Push Impeachment Resolution For David Chipman

There has been very good movement, or lack thereof, with regard to the nomination of David Chipman as Director of ATF. Currently, there are at least five moderate Democrats who remain undecided on the highly controversial and divisive nominee. When the Senate Majority leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, was asked this week when Chipman’s vote would be brought up he did not comment.

While the move to preemptively push an impeachment resolution for Chipman is largely political messaging, Matt Rosendale, R-MT, explained, “Not only has Chipman previously given false testimony to Congress, but his statements on gun-control are evidence that his confirmation would be a failure to support and defend our constitutional rights. If appointed, both are impeachable offenses and worthy of Congress to consider his removal.”

Even the White House has been silent on whether or not they have confidence in Chipman’s ability to be confirmed through a full vote in the Senate. Our efforts have not been in vain! Keep up the pressure and let your representatives and senators know that you DO NOT support Chipman’s nomination to the ATF.

DOJ Rolls Out 5 New Firearms Trafficking Strike Forces

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Thursday that the Justice Department would launch five new task forces aimed at tackling gun violence in major U.S. cities. Those cities include New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay area and Sacramento Region, and Washington D.C.. This is the direct response from the Biden administration to “confront” the surge of violent crime in America.

ATF officials told reporters that “gun trafficking is not a crime, but those involved in the schemes are prosecuted under other laws, such as conspiracy, prohibited possession or making false statements” which seems counterintuitive and counterproductive... Since the ATF’s failed Fast and Furious operation, politicians have known since 2016 that there is not a federal crime prohibiting illegal firearms trafficking. Is this perhaps the DOJ’s plan to use this strategy as a foothold to going after manufacturers as well? We’ll keep our eyes peeled for you. See you next week.

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