Radically Anti-Constitutional Department of Justice “respectfully disagrees” with Supreme Court ruling on New York concealed carry permits
Thursday, The Supreme Court of the United States made a highly anticipated ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen. The 6-3 ruling struck down New York’s gun law requiring “proper cause” to be shown in applying for a concealed carry permit (notably, self-defense and defense of property were not considered good causes) and left it up to the discretion of New York officials whether you would be granted such a permit or not.
Within the Court’s opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that
“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home. Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
Justices Alito and Kavanaugh also argued that citing a “specific threat” rather than simply stating that you live in a high-crime area and leave work late, for example, violated the core concepts of the right to self-defense.
However, Biden’s left-wing Justice Department, led by Merrick Garland, issued an unprecedented statement Thursday evening in opposition to the Supreme Court’s ruling.
DOJ does not issue statements like these disagreeing with Supreme Court rulings. It doesn’t happen. It has no lawful basis.
This can only be seen as a direct threat against the judiciary by Stasi agents. pic.twitter.com/JcJMBedpRX
— Cernovich (@Cernovich) June 24, 2022
“We respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusion that the Second Amendment forbids New York’s reasonable requirement that individuals seeking to carry a concealed handgun must show that they need to do so for self-defense. The Department of Justice remains committed to saving innocent lives by enforcing and defending federal firearms laws, partnering with state, local and tribal authorities and using all legally available tools to tackle the epidemic of gun violence plaguing our communities.”
Not once before has the Department of Justice ever issued a statement disagreeing with a Supreme Court ruling, nor is there a legal basis for them to do so. They do not have the power to overrule the Supreme Court, which serves as the final interpreter of the law, nor are they legally able to refuse to enforce Supreme Court rulings.
Yet, this statement implies that that is precisely how they intend to act.
Furthermore, the statement erroneously links legally carrying a concealed weapon to illegally committing acts of violence with said weapon. This is a statistical inaccuracy even in states with more lax concealed carry laws. All that the law does is encourage crime by keeping law-abiding citizens from being able to defend themselves.
This statement could be seen as a warmup to the impending Roe v. Wade decision, which will now likely see a similar response from the currently unlawful and anti-Constitutional Department of Justice.