The following is a statement from Jonathan Lowy, director of the Legal Action Project at the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence:
“In the six years since D.C. v. Heller, the corporate gun lobby has launched a nationwide legal assault in which they have tried—and failed—to deprive Americans of the gun laws they want and need to make their families and communities safe from gun violence, and keep guns out of the hands of criminals. Courts across the country have overwhelmingly refused to expand the Second Amendment into a broad right for virtually anyone to carry any gun anywhere. Today’s refusal to hear this case further reaffirms the Supreme Court’s satisfaction with lower courts upholding all gun laws that have been challenged, so long as they allow responsible citizens to keep a gun in the home.”
Background information: The U.S. Supreme Court today rejected a request to hear Drake v. Jerejian, which challenges New Jersey’s system for issuing permits to carry concealed handguns in public. The case sought to clarify whether New Jersey’s requirement that permit applicants demonstrate a justifiable need to carry a firearm is compatible with the Second Amendment. Today’s decision by the Court leaves in place the ruling made by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, which held in July 2013 that New Jersey’s system is constitutional. The Supreme Court has previously declined to hear similar challenges to the concealed carry laws of New York and Maryland.