Supreme Court to hear big gun rights case

Supreme Court to hear big gun rights case

The Supreme Court is about to hear its biggest gun rights case in years, arguments that come as gun violence has surged. The case the justices will hear Wednesday could dramatically increase the number of people eligible to carry a gun as they go about their daily lives. It could also make it harder for cities from New York City to Los Angeles to limit gun permits and call into question restrictions on carrying guns in places where people gather including subways, airports, bars, churches and schools. The court last issued major gun rights decisions in 2008 and 2010. Those decisions established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. The question for the court now is whether there’s a similar Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public. The question isn’t an issue in most of the country, where gun owners have little difficulty legally carrying their weapons when they go out. But about half a dozen states, including populous California and several Eastern states, restrict the carrying of guns to those who can demonstrate a particular need for doing so. The justices could decide whether those laws, often called “may issue” laws, can stand. The fact that the high court is hearing a gun rights case at all is a change after years in which it routinely turned them away. One case the justices did agree to hear that could have expanded gun rights ended anticlimactically in 2020 when the justices threw out […]

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