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Louisiana Leads Multistate Coalition Urging SCOTUS to Uphold Second Amendment

BATON ROUGE, LA – Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich are leading a 24-state coalition defending the Second Amendment rights of American citizens.

Louisiana, Arizona, Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, West Virginia, and Wyoming have filed a legal brief at the United States Supreme Court in NJ Rifle Pistol v Grewal. The states are urging SCOTUS to review New Jersey’s unconstitutional law limiting magazine capacities.

“New Jersey’s radical anti-gun rights law criminalizes the mere possession of commonly-used arms even in the home for self-defense,” said Attorney General Landry. “At a time when crime is rising and our law enforcement officers are stretched thin, Americans value and rely upon their Second Amendment rights even more.” 

“All Americans, especially those facing abusers and assailants, have a God-given right to self-defense,” continued Attorney General Landry. “New Jersey should not be allowed to invade its own citizens’ constitutional rights, and the Third Circuit should not imperil the rights of citizens in other states with its analysis.”

NJ Rifle Pistol v Grewal was initially rebuffed by a panel of the Third Circuit in 2018. A review from the full Court was denied, and the case is now being appealed to the Supreme Court. Attorney General Landry and his colleagues are asking the Supreme Court to reverse the Third Circuit's misguided decision.

43 states, including Louisiana, permit the standard, eleven-plus capacity magazines that New Jersey’s law bans. Ammunition magazines that hold multiple rounds are standard equipment for many commonly-used handguns designed for self-defense.

“Law-abiding citizens bearing the affected magazines with lawful firearms benefit public safety, counter-balance the threat of illegal gun violence, and help make our streets safer,” concluded Attorney General Landry. “New Jersey’s law is restrictive, decreases public safety, and violates the Second Amendment.”