Erich Pratt Speaks at SCOTUS on Tenth Anniversary of the Heller Decision
GOA’s Erich Pratt spoke in front of the Supreme Court on the ten-year anniversary (June 26, 2018) of the Heller decision — a ruling that has led to multiple gun bans being repealed or struck down and which helped spur pro-gun laws like Constitutional Carry from coast to coast.
GOA submitted a hard-hitting amicus brief to the Supreme Court prior to the decision. In fact, after looking at all the briefs which were submitted in the Heller case, the editors at USA Today decided to use GOA for their “Opposing Voice” on March 19, 2008.
The paper’s editors told our attorneys that GOA had an argument that was clearly distinctive, as were the only ones to argue that the words “shall not be infringed” invalidated all federal gun control laws.
But that’s not the only reason the GOA brief was so hard-hitting. Our brief also presented the greatest reason for the right to keep and bear arms, stating that “the Second Amendment right is to be exercised as a last resort to guard against tyranny.” You can imagine our delight when we saw the Supreme Court echo this concept on pages 24-25 of the Heller decision.