Supreme Court appears skeptical of New York’s restrictive gun control law

Supreme Court appears skeptical of New York's restrictive gun control law

Gun violence survivors hold their banners during a rally Wednesday outside of the U.S. Supreme Court. The court heard arguments in a gun rights case that centers on New York’s restrictive gun permit law. At the U.S. Supreme Court, the conservative majority seemed ready Wednesday to broaden gun rights by striking down a New York law that limits the right to carry concealed handguns. Some 80 million people live in states that, like New York, limit concealed carry. In 2008, the court ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms guarantees individuals the right to have a gun at home for self-defense. The question Wednesday was how far state and local governments may go in regulating whether an individual may carry a gun outside the home. At issue was New York’s law restricting licenses to carry a concealed gun to people going hunting or shooting, or to those who can demonstrate a special need for self protection, like a bank messenger carrying cash. Lawyer Paul Clement, representing those challenging the law, told the court the statue is blatantly unconstitutional because it treats the right to bear arms as a privilege, not a constitutional right. He got plenty of pushback from the court’s three liberals, and some from Chief Justice John Roberts. Could a university ban guns from the campus? Clement dodged Roberts’ question, suggesting that most campuses are open to the public. The chief justice pressed further. “Well, what sort of place […]

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