Trump’s Supreme Court Trio Holds Key in N.Y. Concealed-Guns Case

Trump’s Supreme Court Trio Holds Key in N.Y. Concealed-Guns Case

The U.S. Supreme Court on Sept. 21, 2020. The National Rifle Association threw its support behind former President Donald Trump’s three U.S. Supreme Court nominees. It’s about to see whether that bet pays off. The court will hear its biggest Second Amendment case in more than a decade Wednesday, when it considers a challenge to New York’s tight limits on the right to carry a concealed handgun in public. Gun-rights supporters are counting on Justices Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett to provide the crucial votes to strike down the New York law and establish that the Second Amendment applies outside the home. The three, all of whom have supported gun rights in other contexts, are part of a 6-3 conservative majority that is reshaping American law. “This is the Second Amendment case that gun-rights advocates have been waiting for,” said Darrell Miller, a professor who teaches constitutional law at Duke University School of Law. The Supreme Court has been largely silent on the Second Amendment since rulings in 2008 and 2010established that the government generally can’t bar handguns in the home for self-defense. Over the next decade, the court repeatedly turned away appeals that sought to extend those rulings to other contexts. But the court with its newest members in place agreed in April to hear an appeal by an NRA affiliate and two state residents who say the New York restrictions on concealed-carry licenses violate their rights. New York issues carry licenses only to people […]

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