Supreme Court hears arguments on scope of Second Amendment and gun control laws

Supreme Court hears arguments on scope of Second Amendment and gun control laws

Supporters of gun control and firearm safety measures hold a protest rally outside the US Supreme Court in December 2019. (CNN)Two days after hearing a major abortion case , the Supreme Court will take the bench again on Wednesday to discuss another topic that bitterly divides the country: gun rights. It’s been more than a decade since the justices have decided a significant Second Amendment case and now the conservative-leaning court has the opportunity to reexamine the scope of the right to keep and bear arms in a case brought by an affiliate of the National Rifle Association. The court could potentially allow more guns to be carried on some of the busiest streets in the largest cities in the nation, at a time when the Biden administration has vowed to push for enhanced gun regulations. The two newest Supreme Court justices could redraw the road map for the Second Amendment in courts In 2008’s District of Columbia v. Heller, the court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms at home for self-defense. Except for a follow-up decision two years later, the justices have largely stayed away from the issue infuriating gun rights advocates and even some of the justices themselves. Now, the focus will be on President Donald Trump’s nominees , particularly Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, who signaled when they served on the lower courts that they think the court should change the way […]

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