Previous generations laughed when young children were presented with trophies simply for participating in organized sports. When this practice began, few could have predicted that one day this effeminate custom would extend to attorneys filing briefs before the US Supreme Court.
On November 10, the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) announced the winners of its 2022 Supreme Court Best Brief Awards. According to the group, the awards are “presented annually to honor appellate practitioners of attorney generals who have demonstrated outstanding work in representing their states before the U.S. Supreme Court.”
Winners included several California government attorneys for their amicus brief in NYSRPA vs. Bruen.
When deciding Brnothe court reiterated its earlier findings from the District of Columbia vs. Heller and McDonald vs Chicago that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own and bear arms. In addition, the Court clarified that the right to bear arms extends outside the home.
Specifically, the court nullified New York’s discretionary carry licensing regime. The illicit New York system required applicants to demonstrate a “proper reason” for needing the license and gave government officials sweeping powers to determine whether the applicant complied with that burden.
As one would expect from the anti-Second Amendment one-party state, California argued in its amicus brief that New York’s unconstitutional law should be upheld. In direct contrast to the court’s decision, the brief took the position that the plaintiffs “have not filed a Second Amendment claim.”
According to the NAAG, the alleged best brief from the US Supreme Court of the year does not necessarily have to be one that the court finds convincing at all. Just wasting taxpayer resources on a loss-making effort consistent with NAAG policy deserves credit.
Even more pathetic than the “award” itself is California Attorney General Rob Bonta’s reaction to the dubious honor. Bonta boasted in a Nov. 10 press release, “I am incredibly proud of my team for their work on this assignment and all the tireless hours they have devoted to defending gun regulations that protect our communities.” The letter mentioned not that Team Gun Control actually lost the case.
As Bonta portrays the world capital of self-adulation, Hollywood, perhaps his reveling in a contestant’s trophy is to be expected. Here at the NRA, Judge Clarence Thomas is brilliant Brno Opinion and that millions of Americans can now exercise their right to take away from the home is more than distinction enough.