Supreme Court is likely to significantly expand gun rights

Supreme Court is likely to significantly expand gun rights

Shoppers wait in line to purchase ammunition and guns at Gun World in Burbank on Tuesday, March 17, 2020 as US sales of guns and ammunition soar amid the coronavirus outbreak. The store had a line down the block. (Photo by Sarah Reingewirtz, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced it would decide whether New York and seven other states (including California) have the right to restrict residents from carrying a firearm outside the resident’s home. The use of firearms is at the center of America’s recent civil disturbances in two ways. First, there are the mass killings involving guns suffered at schools, malls, and places of worship. Second, police who have used deadly force against suspects have often raised as their reason for shooting that the suspect was brandishing either what looked like or was a firearm that could have killed the police officer or another civilian. The Second Amendment reads: “A well regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled that Washington, D.C., could not ban private ownership of handguns in a home. They did not reach the issue of where a gun can be carried. Four justices from that time are still on the court: Chief Justice Rogers, Justice Clarence Thomas, Justice Samuel Alito, and Justice Stephen Breyer . The majority said the purpose of the Second Amendment was to allow […]

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