Justices barreling into gun rights standoff have little precedent to guide them

The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments about New York’s rigorous standards for approving licenses to carry a concealed weapon amount to a de facto ban. The U.S. Supreme Court is seen at sunset in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) WASHINGTON (CN) — Over a decade since it last waded into the issue, the conservative-majority Supreme Court is set to hear arguments Wednesday in a case that Second Amendment rights activists hope will open up restrictive gun laws across the country. The case pitting gun owners against New York permitting authorities turns on how the Second Amendment’s phrasing of “to keep and bear arms” is applied to carrying guns in public. Because existing precedent so far has only affirmed the right to keep guns in the home, there is no precedent for how those rights are applied outside the home. Led by Robert Nash, Brandon Koch and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, this case looks to define those rights. New York, for the last century, has held gun owners applying for a concealed-carry permit to the “proper cause” requirements of the state’s Sullivan Law. Nash and Koch both asserted that they wanted to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense, and sued when the state said they could not meet this hurdle. A federal judge backed the state law as constitutional, however, and the Second Circuit affirmed , bringing them to the Supreme Court’s doors. In the opening brief, the gun owners and their advocates argue […]

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