The Second Amendment is the one issue that conservatives reliably coalesce around. This united front could spell victory for gun rights after another dispute makes its way to the Supreme Court.
Twenty-four states have joined to petition the Supreme Court to intervene and overturn a ban on high-capacity magazines in New Jersey, Fox News reported. They contend that such a ban violates Second Amendment rights, and a SCOTUS ruling on the issue would effect massive changes on the handling of the Second Amendment in the US.
Arizona and Louisiana have led the charge in filing an amicus brief on behalf of residents in the state. New Jersey outlawed magazines that hold more than 11 rounds in 2018 legislation that was upheld last year by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals.
Critics of the law worry that it strips residents of their rights and ability to defend themselves. The amicus brief filed by the two dozen states argues that these high-capacity magazines haven’t impacted public safety where they remain legal.
“The Amici States the Attorneys General serve are among the forty-three states that permit the standard, eleven-plus capacity magazines that New Jersey has banned,” the brief stated. It further asserted that without a ban, they’ve still “advanced their compelling interests in promoting public safety, preventing crime, and reducing criminal firearm violence without a magazine ban such as the one here,” it said.
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich weighed in as one of the representatives of such a state. “New Jersey lawmakers are operating in total ignorance of self-defense, our Constitution, and the will of the people to uphold both,” he said. “We hope the Supreme Court will hear this case and reverse this misguided attempt to erode our rights.”
At the same time, many are concerned about a federal gun-grab courtesy of the Biden administration. “Once again, I urge Congress to take immediate action and heed the call of the American people, including the vast majority of gun owners, to help end this epidemic of gun violence in America,” President Joe Biden said in a statement this week after a mass shooting in California.
The problem for Democrats is that the right to bear arms was enshrined in the Constitution. While there are other ways to infringe on the freedoms guaranteed to Americans, the protections afforded in the Bill of Rights are still mostly intact — for now.