According to the public defender groups, New York’s [gun control] scheme has had predictably “brutal” consequences for their clients. They have been “stopped, questioned, and frisked,” “forcibly removed” from their homes, locked up “in dirty and violent jails and prisons,” and “deprived….of their jobs, children, livelihoods, and ability to live in this country,” all “because our clients exercised a constitutional right.”
It’s possible that such arguments will resonate with Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the Court’s leading critic of overpolicing and related law enforcement abuses. As the public defenders make abundantly clear in their brief, a Supreme Court decision against New York’s gun control scheme would be a victory not only for the Second Amendment but for criminal justice reform too.
— Damon Root in Public Defenders vs. Gun Control