New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. City of New York, New York

Summarized by:

  • Court: United States Supreme Court
  • Area(s) of Law: Constitutional Law
  • Date Filed: April 27, 2020
  • Case #: 18-280
  • Judge(s)/Court Below: Per Curium
  • Full Text Opinion

Petitioners' claim for declaratory and injunctive relief sought against New York City is moot and any new claim for damages may be decided by the lower courts.

Petitioners sought injunctive and declaratory relief against the enforcement of a New York City rule regarding the transportation of firearms, as they claimed it violated the Second Amendment.  The claim was rejected by the district court and the court of appeals.  New York has since amended its law to allow the transport of “firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the city,” which is the relief that Petitioners specifically sought.  Therefore, the Supreme Court of the United States held that Petitioners’ claim for relief regarding the old rule is moot.  Petitioners still argue that their rights are infringed under the new rule and also seek damages not previously asked for with respect to the old rule.  The Court stated that because this case is moot, they will not decide the dispute regarding the new rule, consistent with Lewis v. Continental Bank Corp., 494 U.S. 472, 482-483 (1990).  Further, the lower courts can decide any potential claim for damages that Petitioners may have.  VACATED and REMANDED.

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