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Criminal Law Keyed to Abrams
New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. City of New York
Citation:2020 WL 1978708
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NY State Rifle (Plaintiff) brought suit against the City of New York (Defendant), challenging the constitutionality of Rule 5-23, which prohibited an individual with a premises license for a handgun from removing the handgun from the address specified on the license. The district court and Second Circuit ruled that the law was constitutional. After the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari, the City amended the rule so that the plaintiffs could transport firearms to a second home or shooting range outside of the City of New York. This rendered the plaintiffs’ original claim for relief moot. They continued to argue, however, that the new rule could still infringe their rights.
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