The Supreme Court just agreed to hear a Second Amendment case. That’s bad news for gun regulation advocates.

But if its decision goes too far, the Supreme Court might be handing ammunition to liberals who want to overhaul the court. On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it would hear a National Rifle Association-backed challenge to concealed carry gun laws. The challengers in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett claim that New York’s 100-year-old special permitting process for carrying a firearm outside the home violates the Second Amendment. The timing of the announcement is conspicuous. With gun violence and mass shootings returning to the daily news, President Biden has signaled he intends to push Congress to pass gun regulation measures. The case the Supreme Court just agreed to hear could throw a wrench in those plans. Here’s why we can expect a pro-gun ruling from the court. In 2008, the Supreme Court decided in D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms for self-defense. Many constitutional scholars saw this as a dramatic shift . For 70 years, the court had considered Second Amendment rights to be confined by the text’s opening phrase, “a well-regulated militia,” and treated it as a collective right . However, in Heller , writing for a five-justice majority, Justice Antonin Scalia insisted that “the right secured by the Second Amendment” was robust enough to warrant striking down Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban. Scalia stressed that the amendment’s right “is not unlimited” and could be subject to some regulation. Many conservatives and libertarians praised the […]

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