The Supreme Court Will Hear Its First Major Second Amendment Case in More Than a Decade

The Supreme Court Will Hear Its First Major Second Amendment Case in More Than a Decade

Let our journalists help you make sense of the noise: Subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter and get a recap of news that matters. The Supreme Court on Monday said that it would review its first major Second Amendment case in more than a decade—and its decision could have major implications gun rights. The case in question, NY State Rifle &. Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett , challenges a New York state law, which was upheld by the lower courts, that requires gun owners to obtain a license if they want to carry a gun outside their home. It’s the first time the Supreme Court will review a Second Amendment case that could affect gun safety laws across the country since it issued a pair of landmark decisions in 2008 and 2010— Heller v. District of Columbia and McDonald v. Chicago —which effectively affirmed that any individual has the right to own a gun in their home for personal protection. But those rulings left a lot on the table in terms of gun regulation outside of an individual’s home—namely who can carry a concealed firearm in public. Since Heller and McDonald , states and cities have been able to pass laws to restrict the carry of firearms in public; without any Supreme Court ruling on the issue, those laws have been challenged by the gun lobby, including the National Rifle Association, which has ties to the NY State Rifle & Pistol Association. Most states, however, don’t have any concealed […]

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