High court seems ready to strike down New York gun law

High court seems ready to strike down New York gun law

This artist sketch depicts Paul Clement standing while speaking to the Supreme Court, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in Washington. Seated right of Clement is Barbara Underwood, Solicitor General New York and Brian Fletcher, Principal Deputy Solicitor General, Department of Justice Washington. Justices seated from left are Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, Associate Justice Elena Kagan, Associate Justice Samuel Alito, Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, Chief Justice John Roberts, Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, and Associate Justice Amy Coney Barrett. Associated Justice Neil Gorsuch was not present in the room and attended via video conference. (Dana Verkouteren via AP) WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Wednesday seemed ready to strike down a restrictive New York gun permitting law, but the justices also seemed worried about issuing a broad ruling that could threaten gun restrictions on subways, bars, stadiums and other gathering places. The court was hearing arguments in its biggest guns case in more than a decade, a dispute over whether New York’s law violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.” The law’s defenders have said striking it down would lead to more guns on the streets of cities including New York and Los Angeles. Supreme Court decisions in 2008 and 2010 established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The question the court is now confronting is about the right to carry a gun outside the home. During two hours of arguments conservative members of the court, where they have […]

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