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2A Newsletter: November 5th

80 Percent Arms   |   Nov 4th 2021

Landmark 2A Case in Supreme Court Looks Very Promising

If you haven’t heard about this yet… you may want to pay attention to the news a little more. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen is a landmark case and is the first 2A related case the Supreme Court has taken in over a decade. The overarching problem brought forth by this case is that the state of New York makes it all but impossible for citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights, specifically, the right to carry a gun for self-protection. Most people who have looked into getting a concealed carry weapon permit won’t be familiar with the term “proper cause.”

That’s because in most states, if a law abiding citizen jumps through all the proper hoops such as taking a CCW class that involves some live fire training and pays the application fee for the license - they’ll receive their CCW permit in the mail within a reasonable amount of time. Well, New York state has an additional hurdle that involves having “proper cause.” They take that to a whole other level and essentially have the ability to say no reason is good enough or “proper” enough to allow a civilian to carry a gun on their person outside of the home for self-defense.

So far, we’ve heard oral arguments from both sides and based off of the questioning from the justices, you can also search this online, both sides of the aisle are expecting the Supreme Court to rule in favor of the NYSRPA. With the recent addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, she provides a solid 6-3 majority of conservative vs liberal justices on the bench, almost guaranteeing either a 6-3 or 5-4 win for the lawsuit against New York State. You can bet we’ll be providing frequent updates based on how this case is argued and how it progresses this fall.

Ohio’s Constitutional Carry Bill Is On The Table

We’ve covered constitutional carry before on the blog and have been very happy to report all of its movement in the right direction as more and more states take it upon themselves to give their residents the right to concealed carry a gun despite unconstitutional gun control laws that are being pushed by the federal government.

Currently, Ohio has a constitutional carry bill, H.B. 227, which has already been introduced in the state legislature so if you live in Ohio please contact your local representatives to vote “YES” on this bill. If passed, any law-abiding citizen that is at least 21 years of age and legally allowed to possess a firearm would be allowed to concealed carry a handgun without a permit. It’s important to remember that our civic duties as Americans don’t stop at voting for the president every four years or to show up when we get a jury duty notice. It extends to communicating with our representatives and showing up at the polls for our local elections too.

Perfect case in point: Virginia just flipped back to being a Republican state with Winsome Sears, the new and first elected woman of color to the Lt. Governor position for the state. Plus, she’s pro-gun and pro-liberty. Doesn’t get much better than that. Virginians showed up when it mattered most and this is something the rest of the country could certainly learn from.

Kyle Rittenhouse Trial Update

Just in case you need a refresher on who Kyle Rittenhouse is, he’s the 17 year old who shot three people last year and killed two of them in self-defense during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, now 18, is currently standing trial which started this week and if you have the time to watch the Day 2 Live Stream it’s actually quite entertaining. Not because of what happened, just from the odd line of questioning coming from both parties’ attorneys, although there were far more gaffes from the prosecution's side.

To clarify our stance — Kyle probably didn’t need to be there but what he did was certainly an act of self-defense. During the trial, the defense showed for the first time the complete sequence of events pieced together by various sources of video including a FBI plane’s thermal footage which confirmed Rittenhouse was being chased by a Joseph Rosenbaum solidifying the story that Rittenhouse was initially trying to get away. Probably the most interesting fact was when the three men hit Kyle in the head with a skateboard, kicked him while on the ground and tried to take away his rifle - only about five to six seconds had passed. Still, he was able to protect himself and get away to turn himself in to the police.

Initially, we thought Rittenhouse would get away pretty cleanly from this case but during cross examination of his friend, Dominic Black, he admitted to buying the AR-15 for Kyle which is a felonious crime due to the act being a straw purchase. If Dominic simply said that he had loaned the gun to Kyle it would’ve been an issue of illegal possession instead of admitting that they had both committed felonies. We hope the defense prepares Kyle and his friend more so they don’t further incriminate themselves but will keep you all updated as the trial continues. 

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