Local View: High-court gun case will impact Duluth more than abortion ruling

Local View: High-court gun case will impact Duluth more than abortion ruling

While the decision by the U.S. Supreme Court in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion, garnered the most attention from the High Court’s splurge of decisions this summer, a ruling a day earlier by the justices in the nation’s capital may have even more impact here in Minnesota and in the Duluth area. That case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, struck a target aimed for by Second Amendment “right-to-keep-and-bear-arms” advocates for years. The court invalidated, by a 6-3 vote, a late 19th century New York law requiring a gun owner to show “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry a firearm outside the home for “self-defense” purposes. It was the high court’s first decision on a gun-rights case since its 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, which created an unfettered right to possess guns in private homes. The decision, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, deemed the law violative of the Second Amendment because it did not conform to the “historical tradition” of gun regulations in this country — overlooking that the New York law had been in effect, without challenge, for more than a century, quite a long “historical tradition.” While most gun-safety advocates are chafing at the outcome of the case, they recognize that they must live with it, and some fear many will die because of it. Pointing to the growing rise in firearm violence, they note that the New York decision came in the […]

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