Supreme Court to hear major gun rights appeal over carrying concealed handguns in public

Supreme Court to hear major gun rights appeal over carrying concealed handguns in public

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a major gun rights case over whether ordinary citizens can be legally prohibited from carrying concealed handguns for self-defense outside their homes. The case, brought by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, challenges a New York law that prohibits citizens from carrying a gun outside their home without a license that the state makes difficult to obtain. MONTANA GOVERNOR SIGNS BILL TO PROTECT SECOND AMENDMENT FROM FEDERAL GUN RESTRICTIONS "The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to the following question: Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment," the court said in an order. The state requires license applicants to show that "proper cause exists" for a person to have one. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that the law is constitutional. New York is among eight states that limit who has the right to carry a weapon in public. The others are: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. SUPREME COURT RULING MAKES IT EASIER TO SENTENCE MINORS TO LIFE IN PRISON The case could be the biggest gun rights case the high court has heard in more than a decade, as the high court in recent years has rarely weighed in on Second Amendment issues. Paul Clement, representing challengers to New York’s permit law, said the court should use the case to settle the issue once and for all. […]

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