Gun rights are back at the Supreme Court for the first time in more than a decade

Gun rights are back at the Supreme Court for the first time in more than a decade

The Supreme Court will hear its first major gun case since 2008. Wednesday marks a showdown over guns at the legal O.K. Corral. The Supreme Court hears arguments in its first major gun case in more than a decade, and the new conservative supermajority seems poised to make gun regulation more difficult. Listen to the arguments live beginning at 10 a.m. ET. In 2008, the high court ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms grants individuals the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. But after that, for all practical purposes, the court remained silent on gun rights, even as the years rolled by with more than 1,400 cases filed to challenge existing gun regulations. Now the time long awaited by gun-rights advocates has come, as the court examines how far a state may go in regulating an individual’s right to carry a gun outside the home. What the case is about The test case is from New York, which, along with seven other states, has the most restrictive laws in the U.S. when it comes to carrying guns outside the home. Under New York’s “proper cause law,” people applying for a license to carry a concealed weapon outside the home must show that they have a concrete need for self-defense, a “proper cause.” The licenses are restricted to those going hunting or to target practice and to those who can demonstrate a need for self -protection, such as […]

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