Hunter man in camouflage with shotgun creeping through tall reed grass and bushes with dramatic sunset sky during hunting season

Hunter man in camouflage with shotgun creeping through tall reed grass and bushes with dramatic sunset during hunting season

Those of us who hunt with guns and value our heritage are never very far from the swirling conflict in this country over gun violence in the streets and the right of a law-abiding citizen to bear arms. Directly and indirectly, there are inescapable implications for sportsmen and women.

In June of this year, the U.S. Supreme Court, in a historic gun- rights decision, struck down a highly restrictive New York state law on public carry of concealed weapons. Leaning on the 14th Amendment, as well as the Second Amendment, the Court majority basically said that New York, or any state, cannot require that a law-abiding citizen demonstrate or prove a “special or substantial need” to carry a firearm for self-defense. In practice, the “special need standard” was used to deny the issuance of concealed carry permits in New York state and some other states as well.

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