Supreme Court to Hear Case on Right to Carry Concealed Guns for Self-Defense

Supreme Court to Hear Case on Right to Carry Concealed Guns for Self-Defense

The case accepted Monday will put the spotlight on the three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump , all of whom received vigorous backing from gun organizations such as the National Rifle Association. As appeals-court judges, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett adopted Second Amendment approaches that generally point to looser constitutional limits on weapons possession. Last year, Justice Neil Gorsuch joined two long-serving justices, Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, in dissenting from dismissal as moot of a different gun case after New York City and state officials repealed challenged regulations that restricted gun owners from taking their weapons outside city limits. The dissent suggested that authorities had rescinded the laws at the last minute to avoid a likely loss at the Supreme Court, and argued that the case should be decided in favor of the gun owners, who it said could be entitled to damages or attorneys’ fees from taxpayers. Chief Justice John Roberts joined the majorities that extended gun rights in 2008 and 2010 but has written little on the Second Amendment himself. Newsletter Sign-up The 10-Point. A personal, guided tour to the best scoops and stories every day in The Wall Street Journal. SUBSCRIBE New York law provides for different categories of gun licenses, including premises licenses that allow weapons to be held at a specific location. To carry a concealed weapon elsewhere, an applicant must demonstrate “proper cause,” which gun advocates say the state defines too restrictively. New York doesn’t allow open carrying […]

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