Supreme Court to weigh New York’s limit on carrying a handgun

Supreme Court to weigh New York's limit on carrying a handgun

The Supreme Court will grapple with the right to bear arms outside the home during the upcoming term in a case court watchers are calling significant because it’s been more than a decade since the justices weighed the limits of the Second Amendment. Democrats are concerned the 6-3 conservative majority on the high court will curtail the government’s ability to impose regulations and requirements on gun ownership. Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s presence on the bench — she’s one of the three Supreme Court picks former President Donald Trump made during his one term in office — especially worries progressives because of a pro-gun opinion she wrote while serving as a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court for the Seventh Circuit. “Gun rights advocates are hoping that her addition will make five justices who are more willing to take a more active role and start striking down what most people consider gun safety rules,” said Elliot Mincberg, senior fellow with People for the American Way. While on the 7th Circuit, Justice Barrett authored a dissent, disagreeing with her colleagues over bans on convicted felons possessing firearms. In the case, a nonviolent felon challenged the restriction on Second Amendment grounds. Justice Barrett’s position was that legislators have an interest in stripping violent felons from owning guns — not nonviolent felons. Her dissent was lauded by gun rights’ supporters. But in the New York case, the justices will consider New York’s scheme on granting a license to carry to applicants. Two men […]

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