Supreme Court to take up major Second Amendment concealed handgun case

Supreme Court to take up major Second Amendment concealed handgun case

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it will consider how much protection the Second Amendment provides for carrying a gun outside the home. The case will mark the first time in more than a decade that the court agreed to take up a central issue of the gun rights debate, something it has consistently ducked since issuing a landmark ruling in District of Columbia v. Heller in 2008 that the Second Amendment provides an individual right to keep a handgun at home for self-defense. The court agreed to hear a challenge to a New York state law that allows residents to carry a concealed handgun only if they can demonstrate a special need beyond a general desire for self-protection. The law "makes it virtually impossible for the ordinary law-abiding citizen" to get the necessary license, Paul Clement, a lawyer representing the challengers, said. One of them, Robert Nash, said he was wanted to carry a gun in response to a string of robberies in his neighborhood. Another, Brendan Koch, also cited a desire to carry a gun for protection. Both men said they had completed gun safety courses, but both were turned down when they applied for permits. They joined a lawsuit challenging the law brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. Biden urges Congress to act on gun-safety legislation after recent violence: ‘National embarrassment’ April 18, 202101:35 New York bans carrying a handgun openly. The state law says anyone seeking a license to carry […]

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