The Supreme Court Finally Takes Up a Second Amendment Case

The Supreme Court Finally Takes Up a Second Amendment Case

Gun Rights

Share New York City has a law banning the transportation of licensed handguns out of the city, which isn’t the minor issue it may seem at first glance. When the Supreme Court agreed to take it up in late January, it broke a decade-long silence on the Second Amendment—no cases on the scope of the right since District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) declared an individual right to keep and bear arms. That means this odd little case about a dumb city law may set the standard for how all Second Amendment cases are handled going forward, after the lower courts have spent the last decade trying to restrict the right as much as possible. New York City’s bizarre ordinance bans pistol permit holders from taking their firearms beyond the five boroughs. (The irony seems to be lost on the eminently anti-gun municipality, which one would think wants as many guns to leave as possible). A group of residents who own handguns and want to transport them outside the city for a variety of reasons—to take them at another residence upstate, to compete and shoot out-of-state, and any other manner of otherwise lawful activities—brought a lawsuit. They lost in the district court, and again in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, which claimed to apply some level of heightened scrutiny, but in actuality just rubber-stamped the city’s invocation of “public safety.” Because Cato is concerned with the slipshod way in which Second Amendment claims have been […]

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