New York Pistol License Issues & The Second Amendment

The latest updates on New York pistol license issues and Second Amendment holdings as relevant to New York State.


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2008 – Historical Second Amendment Ruling in New York State Supreme Court



       MURTHA & MURTHA, PLLC was the first law firm in New York to have brought an action in New York State Supreme Court under District of Columbia v Heller, 554 U.S. 570 (2008), which held that the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to possess a firearm for traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home. The judge held that the Suffolk County Pistol License Bureau’s requirement that a handgun be rendered inoperable, or locked in such a manner so that it is not immediately accessible when possessed in the owner’s dwelling, transgressed upon the petitioner’s constitutional right to bear arms, because the Second Amendment recognizes that the right to bear arms includes a corollary right to self-defense.  “Simply put, the State of New York and its agencies are no longer in a position to require that a handgun be stored in an inoperable condition or otherwise locked up if it is otherwise legally present in the owner’s dwelling.”



2008 – Radio Broadcast – NRA News Radio



       Tune in on November 7, 2008, for an interview on NRA News’ Cam & Company, Sirius Radio channel 144 with attorney James D. Murtha regarding recent developments in Second Amendment law in New York State, with a discussion of recent decisions he has successfully obtained, and their impact on gun owners’ rights in the State of New York.