3 Things to Know About Second Amendment’s Return to Supreme Court

3 Things to Know About Second Amendment’s Return to Supreme Court

When the Second Amendment protects the right to bear arms, does it mean a right to bear a handgun in public for purposes of self-defense? (Photo: Ron Bailey/Getty Images) It’s been well over a decade since the Supreme Court last decided a meaningful Second Amendment case. That wait is about to end. Although District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. City of Chicago (2010) answered some foundational questions about the right to keep and bear arms, the Supreme Court’s decade of silence enabled lower courts to undermine these core cases routinely. This in turn allowed states to run roughshod over the Second Amendment. We’ve gotten our hopes up before that the Supreme Court finally would stop treating the Second Amendment as a second-class right, unworthy of consistent legal review. Just last term, the high court excited millions by taking up New York State Rifle & Pistol v. City of New York , which was about New York City’s incredibly restrictive laws on transporting firearms. That excitement came to a crushing end when New York City enacted minor changes to its laws and the Supreme Court declared the case moot , declining in the interim to take up any of the remaining Second Amendment challenges for the term. Many suspected we might go another decade without seeing the court hear another challenge to gun control laws. But last week, the Supreme Court agreed to hear New York State Rifle & Pistol v. Corlett , a case that could […]

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