Supreme Court to discuss case that could expand Second Amendment rights

Supreme Court to discuss case that could expand Second Amendment rights

Hear witnesses recount how the Colorado supermarket shooting unfolded 01:57 (CNN)When Supreme Court justices meet behind closed doors Friday, a conference that comes three days after the country’s latest mass shooting, they are scheduled to discuss whether to add a blockbuster issue to the docket for next term: the scope of the Second Amendment. The court has largely dodged the issue since issuing two landmark opinions in 2008 and 2010, when it held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms at home for self- defense. Gun rights advocates and even some of the justices themselves have expressed frustration that the court has declined to further define the scope of the right as lower courts across the country have upheld restrictions. Three years ago, for example, Justice Clarence Thomas charged that the "Second Amendment is a disfavored right in this court." Supreme Court conservatives want to topple abortion rights — but can’t seem to agree on how Justice Brett Kavanaugh, after the court effectively dismissed one case last term , wrote that he hoped that the justices would vote to take up a new case "soon." Still, last June, perhaps with the knowledge that there weren’t five votes ready to decide, the court again declined to take up several new cases. With the addition of Justice Amy Coney Barrett, supporters of gun rights hope the justices will wade in now and experts wonder if the justices are poised to add […]

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