Supreme Court poised to jump into Second Amendment disputes, as nation mourns mass shootings

Supreme Court poised to jump into Second Amendment disputes, as nation mourns mass shootings

WASHINGTON – With Republicans and Democrats already speeding toward a familiar stalemate over whether to respond to a recent spate of mass shootings , experts on both sides of the debate are predicting the Supreme Court is poised to expand Second Amendment rights after a decade-long hiatus from the issue. The only question, several court observers said, is when. From a challenge to New York’s restrictions on carrying firearms outside a home to cases involving lifetime gun ownership bans for people convicted of certain crimes, the court’s months-old 6-3 conservative majority will soon have a number of high-profile opportunities to jump into the turbulent national debate over gun rights. Four conservative justices already signaled a desire to address outstanding Second Amendment questions, but it’s not clear if the recent shootings in Colorado and Georgia will temper that enthusiasm. President Joe Biden has called for a federal response to the killings and several Republican lawmakers have dismissed the need for stronger gun laws. The court, led by Chief Justice John Roberts , has sometimes been hesitant to jump into Washington’s raging political battles. But even if the court delays, few expect it to wait for long. "There’s no doubt that the Supreme Court is poised to take a Second Amendment case soon," said Adam Winkler, author of "Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America" and a UCLA School of Law professor. "There’s no doubt that there’s a majority of justices on the court now who’ve expressed […]

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