Supreme Court hears arguments in major gun rights case

Supreme Court hears arguments in major gun rights case

The case revolves around whether a New York gun permit law violates the Second Amendment. WASHINGTON — Several Supreme Court justices appear concerned that a broad ruling in favor of gun rights could threaten restrictions on firearms in subways, bars, stadiums and other places where people gather. The court is hearing arguments Wednesday in its biggest guns case in more than a decade, a dispute over whether New York’s restrictive gun permit law violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.” The court’s 6-3 conservative majority gives gun rights advocates hope that the justices will use this case to expand gun rights. But New York and its allies have focused on the prospect of more guns on the streets of New York and Los Angeles if the court strikes down the state law. Chief Justice John Roberts was among the justices who pressed Paul Clement, arguing behalf of New York residents who want an unrestricted right to carry concealed weapons in public, on where guns could be prohibited. “What sort of place do you think they could be excluded from? Any place where alcohol is served?” Roberts asked. Clement replied that while government buildings and schools might be off limits, bars “might be a tougher case for the government.” But answering questions from Justices Elena Kagan and Amy Coney Barrett, Clement suggested that perhaps bans on guns in the New York City subway, Yankee Stadium and Times Square on New Year’s Eve might be all right. The […]

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