Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Second Amendment Case. Here’s What You Need to Know

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Landmark Second Amendment Case. Here’s What You Need to Know

The Supreme Court on Monday announced it will hear a case that could determine whether Americans have the right to carry a firearm outside the home. “The court agreed to hear a challenge to a New York state law that allows residents to carry a concealed handgun only if they can demonstrate a special need beyond a general desire for self-protection,’ NBC News reports . It will mark the first time in more than a decade that the high court will take up a major case central to gun rights. A Flat Out Prohibition? The case involves gun owners Brandon Koch and Robert Nash, who applied for a license to carry a handgun. Unlike most US states, New York prohibits carrying a loaded handgun outside the home without a carry license. According to an amicus brief filed with the court in December, Nash, citing a rash of robberies in his neighborhood, requested a license to carry for self-defense after completing an advanced firearm safety training course. He was denied, with a police officer stating Nash had not shown “proper cause.” Koch was denied on similar grounds. As the Giffords Law Center notes , licenses are only granted to individuals who show “proper cause,” which means applicants must “demonstrate a special need for self-defense.” This essentially gives law enforcement sole and complete discretion in who receives a permit, which the plaintiffs argue is a clear violation of the Second Amendment. "A law that flatly prohibits ordinary law-abiding citizens from carrying […]

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