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Congresswoman Claudia Tenney Leads Congressional Amicus Brief to Supreme Court in Defense of Second Amendment Rights

July 6, 2021

Ilion, NY – Congresswoman Claudia Tenney (NY-22) is leading 168 of her House colleagues in a congressional amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court defending our right to conceal carry under the Second Amendment to the Constitution. The case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, challenges New York’s onerous and arbitrary conceal carry restrictions, which unconstitutionally bar law-abiding New Yorkers from exercising their Second Amendment rights. The amicus brief will formally be submitted to the Supreme Court in the coming days. 

Tenney announced she is leading the amicus brief at a Second Amendment rally in Ilion, where she was joined by state and local officials, including Senator Peter Oberacker, Assemblyman Brian Miller, and Ilion Mayor Brian Lamica. The officials also highlighted the devastating impact legislation in Albany could have on firearms manufacturers like Remington Arms if signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Remington Arms has operated in the Mohawk Valley for more than 200 years but could be forced to leave the state if unprecedented legislation unfairly targeting law-abiding firearms manufactures is signed by Governor Cuomo. 

“I am honored to lead this important congressional brief to the Supreme Court, which defends our ability to keep and bear arms for personal protection,” Congresswoman Tenney said. “This fundamental right is protected by the Constitution and it must be safeguarded. New Yorkers have endured attacks on our Second Amendment rights for decades, including from the unconstitutional SAFE Act. Radical politicians in Albany continue to attack our Second Amendment rights and now even threaten firearms manufacturers like Remington Arms. The stakes in this Supreme Court case could not be higher. This congressional brief sends a clear message that our Constitutional rights are not up for negotiation.”

Senator Peter Oberacker (R/C-Schenevus) said, “Laws designed to erode our Second Amendment rights are popular among the Democrat Majorities in Albany. This past legislative session featured several that do nothing to make our streets safer or address the real problem – criminals who use firearms illegally. I stood up against these bills, including a measure that could directly lead to job loss at Remington, a Mohawk Valley anchor company. I am proud to join Congresswoman Tenney and lawful firearm owners to protect our Constitutional rights.”

“It is important for us, as legislators, to step up and help protect New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights, which it seems are constantly under attack. From the SAFE Act, which is downright unconstitutional, to newly passed legislation which could impact Remington Arms operations in the Mohawk Valley, enough is enough. For this reason, I stand with my fellow colleagues in this congressional brief to the Supreme Court to let it be known loud and clear that we will not tolerate this infringement on our Second Amendment rights," said Assemblyman Brian Miller.

"The Second Amendment is woven into the very fabric that is synonymous with Herkimer County. Many of our residents appreciate and respect the liberty of owning a firearm," stated Herkimer County Legislature Chair Vincent Bono. "The Second Amendment provides the constitutional framework for many of our gun laws. Many of those guns that were built right across the street for over two hundred years by the former Remington Arms and continue to be made by the new Remington Arms. It’s safe to say that many residents in Herkimer County don’t need a lecture on the second amendment and what it means.”

In the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, New York residents claim they were wrongly denied a conceal carry permit for personal protection by state officials. If the plaintiffs prevail in this case, it could be the most significant victory for Second Amendment advocates since Heller v. District of Columbia in 2008, which reaffirmed the right of Americans to keep and bear arms for personal protection. 

Tenney has been a strong advocate for the Second Amendment, having led the charge against Governor Andrew Cuomo’s unconstitutional SAFE Act. As a member of the New York State Assembly, Tenney was the first to introduce a bill to fully repeal the SAFE Act. In Congress, Tenney continues to lead the charge to protect our Second Amendment rights. Tenney is a cosponsor of H.R.38, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act, as well as H.R.1715, the Second Amendment Guarantee Act.