Supreme Court appears poised to expand gun rights and restrict abortion in its new term

Supreme Court appears poised to expand gun rights and restrict abortion in its new term

The U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington. WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court is set to expand gun rights and restrict abortion rights in a new term that begins Monday, one that could reveal how fast and how far the conservative majority will move the law to the right. “This term will reveal whether it is a far-right or center-right court,” said Aaron Tang, a UC Davis law professor and former clerk for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Guns, abortion and probably college affirmative action are before the court in the year ahead, all areas in which conservatives have been eager to recast the law. And with a 6-3 majority, the justices are poised to do just that. For a decade, gun rights advocates have grumbled as the court refused to hear challenges to laws in California, New York and other blue states that restricted who could carry firearms in public or prohibited sales of some rapid-fire rifles and high-capacity magazines. But President Trump’s three appointees — Justices Neil M. Gorsuch, Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — believe the 2nd Amendment protects a right to be armed, and joined by Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr., they can now strike down state laws that stand in the way. They voted to hear a New York case that asks the court to rule that the Constitution protects the right to carry a loaded handgun when leaving home. It “could signal the start of a new era of judicial hostility […]

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