Supreme Court refuses to consider whether Second Amendment protects gun silencers

Supreme Court refuses to consider whether Second Amendment protects gun silencers

Gun Rights

Various services and vigils were held on Saturday to remember the 12 victims of Friday’s Virginia Beach, Va., shooting. Wochit WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court refused Monday to decide if the Second Amendment protects gun silencers such as the one used in last month’s Virginia Beach shooting that killed 12 people. Without comment or dissent, the justices turned away petitions from the operator of a Kansas army-surplus store and one of his customers who purchased an unregistered silencer in violation of federal law. Two lower federal courts previously ruled that gun silencers fall outside the scope of the Second Amendment because they are accessories not in common use by law-abiding citizens. The Trump administration had urged the Supreme Court not to hear the challenge. Solicitor General Noel Francisco wrote that the Second Amendment protects the right to keep and bear "arms," and that restrictions on silencers don’t burden the ability to use a gun for self-defense. In addition, Francisco noted that the high court previously acknowledged that the Second Amendment permits banning "dangerous and unusual weapons." "Many courts have upheld restrictions on silencers on the alternative ground that silencers are dangerous and unusual," he wrote.

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