Guns are on Supreme Court’s agenda days after mass shootings

Guns are on Supreme Court’s agenda days after mass shootings

Lawmakers talk gun reform after mass shootings in Atlanta, Colorado The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss adding new cases to their docket for the fall. Among the prospects is an appeal from gun rights advocates that asks the court to declare a constitutional right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-protection. Colorado shooting suspect makes first court appearance Georgia is among 21 states with Republican attorneys general calling on the court to take up the case and expand the rights of gun owners. The court’s consideration of gun rights comes as President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are pushing a variety of restrictions , including expanded background checks, that appear unlikely to win approval, for now. Paul Clement, a frequent advocate before the Supreme Court who represents challengers to New York’s permit law, said the court should use the case to settle the issue once and for all. “Thus, the nation is split, with the Second Amendment alive and well in the vast middle of the nation, and those same rights disregarded near the coasts,” Clement wrote on behalf the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two New York residents. Federal courts have largely upheld the permit limits. On Wednesday, an 11-judge panel of the federal appeals court in San Francisco rejected a challenge to Hawaii’s permit regulations in an opinion written by a conservative judge, Jay Bybee. The issue of carrying a gun for self-defense has been seen for several […]

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