After nearly two hours of arguments — well over the 70 minutes allotted in the court’s schedule — the hearing on New York’s public carry restrictions wrapped up.
It closed with a rebuttal presentation by Paul Clement, who is representing petitioners Robert Nash, Brandon Koch and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, that focused on the discretion that New York’s law gives officials to determine whether guns can be carried by individuals.
That element of discretion had attracted Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s ire throughout the arguments. While taking a dig at New York’s controversial stop and frisk policy, Clement said that the discretion had harmed individuals who were not allowed to exercise their constitutional second amendment rights, and faced punishment if they did.
The discretion “has real world cost,” Clement said.
A decision is expected next spring.