The Supreme Court will hear a gun-rights case dealing with the Second Amendment

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: The Supreme Court hears a case today that could decide whether people are allowed to carry concealed weapons into airports, churches, schools and shopping centers without a special license. NOEL KING, HOST: This case involves New York state, which is one of eight states that outlaws carrying guns outside of the home. And a decision on the scope of the Second Amendment, which is what this would be, may hinge on former President Donald Trump’s three appointees. INSKEEP: NPR’s Carrie Johnson is covering this case. Carrie, good morning. CARRIE JOHNSON, BYLINE: Good morning, Steve. INSKEEP: So will you talk us through the legalities here on the Second Amendment? JOHNSON: Sure. So remember in 2008, the Supreme Court declared that people have an individual right to bear arms for self-defense in their homes, and in 2010, the court applied that right to the states. Today, Steve, the open question is, does that Second Amendment right follow them outside their homes? A gun rights group and two New Yorkers want the right to carry concealed weapons outside and not just for things like target practice or hunting. The New York restrictions require them to demonstrate a special need for protection, but they say they should have a mostly unfettered right. INSKEEP: So the New York state law is on the docket here. And of course, New York is a big state. This would be a big case regardless. But might this apply to all states in different ways? […]

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