A new friend-of-the-court brief filed with the U.S. Supreme Court is raising the question of whether it is a police official – or a citizen – who decides whether that citizen is in danger and needs to be armed to protect himself or herself.
The Rutherford Institute said it has filed the brief in the case N.Y. State Rifle & Pistol Assn. v. Bruen.
In that case, the disagreement focuses on New York’s insistence that its officials determine who should be allowed to protect himself. The state claims its officials should be able to pick and choose which class of citizens is worth of self-protection.
“When considered in the context of prohibitions against the government, the Second Amendment reads as a clear rebuke against any attempt to restrict the citizenry’s gun ownership. As such, it is as necessary an ingredient for maintaining that tenuous balance between the citizenry and their republic as any of the other amendments in the Bill of Rights, especially the right to freedom of speech, assembly, press, petition, security, and due process,” explained constitutional attorney John W. Whitehead. “In this way, the freedoms enshr