Joshpe Mooney Paltzik authored and filed an amicus curiae brief with the United States Supreme Court in NYSRPA v. Bruen, the most important Second Amendment case in over a decade. The Supreme Court granted certiorari earlier this year in a challenge to New York’s “may-issue” carry license scheme and will address whether Second Amendment rights extend outside of the home. The firm filed the brief, along with Philip Williamson of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, on behalf of The Center for Human Liberty and Dr. William English, a Georgetown University professor and renowned expert on the statistical impact of right-to-carry laws on violent crime.
The brief cites statistical studies showing that lawful carriage of firearms for self-defense and defensive gun use are common while also surveying empirical studies that conclude right-to-carry laws do not result in a statistically significant increase in crime rates. The brief also identifies the methodological flaws in an outlier study by Stanford Professor John J. Donohue (with Abhay Aneja and Kyle D. Weber) that reaches a different conclusion.
Edward Paltzik, the brief’s primary author, said, “This is one of the most important opportunities for the Court to vindicate and protect a sacrosanct, constitutional right in a generation. While constitutional rights should not hinge on favorable statistical studies, it is nonetheless important for the Court to recognize that there is no credible evidence that right-to-carry laws increases violent crime.”