Case Summary: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen (High School Level)

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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc.  v. Bruen was one of our fall 2021 SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. 

Each SCOTUS Term, Street Law selects the most classroom-relevant, student-friendly cases as our SCOTUS in the Classroom cases. Teachers are encouraged to hold moot courts or mini-moot courts of the case the same weeks that the Supreme Court hears arguments, giving students the opportunity to follow discussion and analysis in the news and listen to or read a transcript of the actual oral arguments at the Court. 

Case Summary and Activities:

Case Issue: 

Does New York's law requiring that applicants for concealed-carry licenses demonstrate a special need for self-defense (the Sullivan Act) violate the Second Amendment?

Case Briefs:

Oral Argument:


  • Link to the opinion of the Court (to be posted after the decision is announced)

News Articles and Resources: 

How to Conduct a Moot Court or a Mini-Moot Court:

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  • 5
    Bruen case

    Posted by Daniel Bachman on Mar 31st 2022

    This is an exceptionally well balanced handout for a controversial subject the students are getting a lot out of the materials in assisting their moot court performance

  • 5
    2nd Amendment NYSRPA v. Bruen

    Posted by Colleen Crowe on Dec 6th 2021

    The information is succinct and to the point. Gives good background on the history of gun rulings related to Amendment 2. It is appreciated the arguments presented by the parties in this case.