ANJRPC is one of four State Firearm Associations that organized a coalition of more than 40 similar groups to file a collective "friend of the court” brief in the historic pending U.S. Supreme Court Case District of Columbia v. Heller. That case, originally brought to overturn Washington, DC's handgun ban, brings before the highest court in the land for the first time the issue of whether the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms. The brief can be viewed online here.
In recent years, anti-gun politicians, academics, and activist judges have attempted to interpret the Second Amendment out of the Constitution by claiming that it protects only the collective right of states to maintain militias, and that individuals have no rights under the Second Amendment. Some courts have adopted this twisted interpretation recently.
The brief filed on behalf of State Firearm Associations is one of many other briefs filed by other interested parties to weigh in on the historic case. Together with the other briefs, the State Firearm Association brief forms one piece of a much larger puzzle, which collectively represents the interests of the entire Second Amendment community. The entire set of case filings can be viewed online here.
The coalition of State Firearm Associations was led by the Texas State Rifle Association (TSRA), the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA), the Delaware State Sportsmen's Association, and ANJRPC. The initiative was begun by Jim Dark and Tom King, the respective leaders of TSRA and NYSRPA.