A Bronx man, fighting with legal faults, brings a gun rights case to the Supreme Court


NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two weeks before Efrain Alvarez and his solicitors ask the US Supreme Court to challenge their regulation in New York City, police officers would be deterred from carrying their arms, officers showed Police in his Bronx apartment and took them away all his firearms.

The retired bus driver from New York, Efrain Alvarez, is challenging local regulation that restricted the movement of manual members outside the city boundaries at the US Supreme Court, bullet in his Bronx borough house in New York. York, USA November 19, 2019. REUTERS / Andrew Chung

The officers walked over the bullet-making equipment in his tormented entrance and on top of the deer trophy hung on the wall of his living room. They switched about 45 firearms out of two steel steel vaults in the rear bedroom, including five hand guns.

“I am still numb about it,” said a 64-year-old driver of the city bus under seizure August 2018. “It is my lifetime collection.” T

The officers took Alvarez, and he was charged with filing a fictitious police report on demand that one of his hand guns had been stolen, misconduct. As a result, Alvarez said that the license is very handgun whose challenging transport restrictions have been suspended for the second time of this decade.

The legal battle over New York's deal is the biggest gun rights case at the Supreme Court since 2010, and the judges will hear arguments next Monday. This challenge is supported by the National Rifle Association, an influential lobbying group on gun rights which is closely aligned with Republicans, including President Donald Trump, another from New York.

The regulation restricted the carrying of handguns by licensed owners to shooting ranges within the city boundaries but allowed hunting during a designated season. The lawsuit requires that the measure breached the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a right to detain and retain weapons.

Following the amendment of the regulation in July to allow handguns to be carried outside New York City, city officials were unable to ask the Supreme Court to cancel the matter and overturn the arguments, t confirming that the case was changing.

NRA's state affiliation, Rifle Society and New York Pistol, completed the law in 2013 with Alvarez and two other gun owners as plaintiffs, after the authorities told the men that the regulation was prohibited from participating in a shot competition in New Jersey or their guns to other homes elsewhere in the state.

Alvarez said he went into the suit because he thought it was incredible that he could have a handgun but not to travel to compete with him.

In the issue, he and the other two gun owners are described as “conforming to the law in New York City.” Alvarez does not think that his own legal troubles cause the regulation.

“My suspension does not apply to my fight in court,” said Alvarez in an interview.

Alvarez also said that he took a deal last week at the Bronx district attorney's office to release the fee in the six months if it is not repeated.

When asked about Alvarez's arrest and suspension of license, Brian Stapleton, the plaintiff's attorney, said he was the first to hear about him.

“There is no impact on this case,” said Stapleton.

Describing himself as supporting gun control measures as strong background checks, Alvarez said that he hoped that the control in his case would not undermine other firearms restrictions.

“If a bad apple hits a gun and it does something stupid, it seems that it comes to me because I am part of the things going on. So, there would be a lot of spot, ”said Alvarez, who said he respected the NRA but didn't agree with some of its policies.


The complainants appealed to the Supreme Court after a lower court found that the regulation did not infringe the Second Amendment and promoted the city's interest to protect public safety.

The Supreme Court held in 2008 for the first time that the Second Amendment right protects a person to keep a gun at home for self-defense. In 2010, the court also extended this right to state and state laws. But the judges have ruled in a major case to avoid firearms since, leaving open questions such as whether that right extends outside the home.

“I hope that they make it clear that the right to provide a firearm outside the home is so important and fundamental to the right to have one within the town,” said Stapleton.

Disciplinary control counsel are afraid that the conservative Supreme Court could use the case to extend gun rights and threaten a wide range of gun control measures throughout the country, for example extended background checks and "red flag" laws that focus on firearms persons considered by the courts to be dangerous.

“I don't think there is any question, if given the chance, that the NRA and its allies will try to redouble existing laws and certainly challenge any new laws,” said Eric Tirschwell, t director of litigation at Everytown for Gun Safety, a gun control lobby group funded by the Democratic presidential candidate and former Mayor of New York Michael Bloomberg.

Alvarez, who was born and raised in New York, is able to be bleak. He was a gun enthusiasm since he was serving in the decades since the National Guard. He said he was an enthusiastic debtor and started shooting competitively, and won several awards.

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His hobby involves making bullets, with worn casings to reload in a mini-workshop that performs a disassembly of his Bronx apartment. It polishes the casings, it melts the lead, it explodes the molds and sets the heads with the pull of the press.

Alvarez's atmosphere came August 2018 after the police said he reported that two people who claimed he had lost a standard revolver of 0.38 had persuaded him as police officers. Said the saga to police his handgun license to suspend and confiscate his firearm, he said. New York Police Department refused to discuss Alvarez case.

“Everyone with a firearm in New York City should have the right to build that firearm on his property, and out of the city to go shooting,” said Alvarez. “We are not looking for anything else as far as I'm concerned.”

Reporting by Andrew Chung; Edited by Will Dunham

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