August 18, 2021

It was announced yesterday that the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Keith M. Corlett, in His Official Capacity as Superintendent of New York State Police is scheduled for oral argument before the Supreme Court on November 3, 2021. The appeal is the final step in a lawsuit challenging New York’s concealed carry law that was brought by the Association and two individuals who were denied concealed carry pistol permits. The statute requires applicants to make a showing of “proper cause” before a permit may be issued. Specifically, the statute gives licensing officers discretionary authority to deny applications, including when an applicant does not demonstrate a special need for self-defense that distinguishes them from the general public. Although this appeal considers a New York law, it will have national implications since seven other states have statutes that also grant licensing officers similar discretionary authority when deciding whether a concealed carry permit should be issued.
Renzulli Law Firm will continue to monitor the NYSRPA v. Corlett case.  If you have any questions about this case, the Second Amendment, or licenses to carry concealed handguns in New York, please contact John F. Renzulli or Christopher Renzulli.