St. Lawrence County votes to join Second Amendment Lawsuit via amicus brief in split vote
Monday, April 1, 2019 - 8:58 pm

CANTON -- St. Lawrence County will join a Second Amendment lawsuit heading to the United States Supreme Court via an amicus brief following an 11-4 vote.

The issue drew hot debate at a recent county meeting, for more on that click here.

Those voting against the amicus brief raised concerns over whether or not the county had the authority to do so, and whether or not the lawsuit had any impact on the county.

New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, is set to go before the Supreme Court this year.

NYSRPA has filed a lawsuit against the city claiming restrictions placed on pistol licenses in New York City violate the Constitution.

Excluding professions where guns are mandatory, gun owners in New York City may only possess a gun within their home, where it must be kept unloaded and in a locked container.

New York City gun owners are restricted from transporting their weapons, except directly to and from NYC shooting ranges, and are also restricted from taking their weapons outside city limits.

NYSRPA argues this violates Second Amendment rights, and he Supreme Court is set to hear the case.

St. Lawrence County, Republican legislators and some Democratic legislators say the lawsuit could impact restrictions placed on licenses by St. Lawrence County Judge Jerry Richards. As Richards allegedly cites the NYC restrictions as a basis for imposing similar restrictions on pistol licenses here.

More information on the county meeting will be posted tomorrow April 2.