Fast Facts: State Gun Law Challenge Update

As of 6/20/23, there are numerous challenges in state and federal courts in several states regarding laws passed in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen.


  • There are currently two different active cases. A state court determined that most of the new gun control laws are unconstitutional.
  • A federal court will be ruling on many of the same issues but has not yet issued a decision.
  • Both will continue through the system with appeals, and could potentially reach the Supreme Court in the coming months or years.

New York:

  • At least nine lawsuits have been initiated. Some have upheld parts of laws passed in response to Bruen and others haven’t.
  • The cases will have to work their way through the system, and a resolution could be months to years away.


  • New gun control laws upheld. SCOTUS did not grant emergency injunctive relief.
  • Current laws are enforceable but appeals are going forward.
  • Further proceedings will likely also lead to a long road to SCOTUS.

New Jersey

  • New gun laws are temporarily being prevented from enforcement.
  • Once again, the process through lower courts, then appeals, then SCOTUS is the path forward.

What do I do if I live in one of these states and I want guidance about the new laws?

  • Call an attorney.
  • If you’re a U.S. LawShield® member, you can call an Individual Program Attorney (IPA) at any time, at no additional cost. They’ll go in-depth with you and ensure you’re in line with the law.

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