The Vermont Federation of Sportsmen’s Clubs (VTFSC) and the Vermont State Rifle & Pistol Association (VSRPA) have joined other private citizen and law enforcement parties in filing an Amicus brief in the case of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association challenging the unconstitutional and overly restrictive New York City firearm permitting law, VTFSC President Chris Bradley said.
“New York State’s law does not recognize that a person has a right to carry a firearm for the reason of ‘self-defense’, which is simply absurd, and the amicus outlines the solid reasoning as to why New York’s law is unconstitutional and must be struck down,” Bradley said.
As a party to the current case before the Supreme Court, the VTFSC holds with its long tradition of supporting its principles, predominantly that laws should enact sound policy and be in compliance with state and federal constitutions.
The VTFSC has led other Vermont groups in challenging the 2016 law banning and restricting firearm magazines. VTFSC is the NRA State Association for Vermont, and the NYSRPA acts as the same for New York. The NYSRPA has filed a petition questioning if New York State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense has violated the Second Amendment.
The VTFSC, as well as the VSRPA, has been party to amicus briefs in the SCOTUS case of District of Columbia v. Heller D.C. (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010).