Four Under-the-Radar Cases That Could Reshape U.S. Gun Laws

Four Under-the-Radar Cases That Could Reshape U.S. Gun Laws

Any gun case that reaches the nation’s highest court is bound to drum up widespread attention. But there are a number of smaller-profile lawsuits making their way up the legal ladder that could herald major shifts in U.S. gun policy. These cases touch on a gamut of Second Amendment issues, from bans on large-capacity magazines to age restrictions on handgun buyers. The number of legal challenges to gun restrictions has been building since 2008, when the Supreme Court’s landmark decision in District of Columbia v. Heller established the right to own a firearm for self-defense. The ruling struck down a Washington, D.C., ban on handgun ownership, but it left the constitutionality of other gun restrictions up in the air, and over the last decade, justices have refrained from issuing any other major rulings to further define the extent of people’s gun rights. “There’s an enormous amount of uncertainty about what exactly the limits of the Second Amendment are, and that sort of uncertainty generates litigation,” said Timothy Lytton, a professor at Georgia State College of Law and editor of the book Suing the Gun Industry: A Battle at the Crossroads of Gun Control and Mass Torts . John Donohue, an economist and law professor at Stanford University, said another factor is that gun rights proponents believe they will be more successful in winning favorable court rulings after the ideological makeup of the federal judiciary shifted to the right during former President Donald Trump’s term in office. Trump installed three […]

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