A significant part of the work we do at the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence involves defending smart gun laws from Second Amendment challenges in the court system. Our expertise can help judges understand the critical importance of these laws, how they protect public safety, and their constitutionality. Challenges to smart gun laws fail at a remarkable rate—since the landmark Heller decision in 2008, courts have rejected an overwhelming 94% of Second Amendment challenges.
One way we work to ensure these important laws are upheld is by filing amicus briefs in key cases nationwide. Our latest brief, filed this week in the Delaware case Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club v. Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control, sheds light on the importance of regulating firearms in public parks and forests.
The Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club, the appellant in this case, claims that regulations prohibiting the possession of firearms in Delaware state parks and forests violate the right to bear arms afforded by the Delaware constitution. But public parks and forests have consistently been found to constitute sensitive areas that have long been subject to increased government regulation, and the agencies charged with maintaining these government-run lands have a legitimate need to protect the safety of visitors to such areas.
Our brief presents current and reputable research demonstrating that allowing broader concealed carry of firearms has resulted in an increase in violent crime and accidents—not a decrease. Research also shows that firearms are rarely used in self-defense and disproves claims put forward by the Bridgeville Rifle and Pistol Club and opposing briefs in the case that concealed-carry licensees themselves are inherently more law-abiding than the regular population.