SCOTUS Finally Set To Make a Ruling On Guns

The Nation’s highest court is getting back into the “gun fight” after a decade without hearing a Second Amendment case. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a case backed by the National Rifle Association against the state of New York’s restrictions on people carrying concealed handguns in public.

A lower court threw out a challenge by two gun owners and the National Rifle Association when they argued New York’s concealed carry restrictions directly violated U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to bear arms. The Justices will will take up the appeal on the lower court’s ruling.

Not in a decade has the Supreme Court been tasked with defining the scope of the Second Amendment. However, the Court’s 6-3 conservative majority does provide hope to those who wish to preserve their right to bear arms.

A landmark Supreme Court ruling in 2008 recognized an individual’s right to keep a firearm at home for self-defense. That right was applied to the states in 2010. The plaintiffs in the upcoming Supreme Court case are asking for that right to be extended beyond the home.

The gun control debate has been recently reinvigorated in the United States following a string of mass shootings, including one in Indianapolis, one in Georgia, and another in Colorado.

Republicans have been unsuccessful in pressing the SCOTUS justices to take up Second Amendment cases, until now. Former President Donald Trump has aided in the court’s Rightward shift since his appointment of three conservative justices in his first term.

Author: Elizabeth Tierney