What to Know About the Supreme Court’s First Gun Case in 9 Years

What to Know About the Supreme Court’s First Gun Case in 9 Years

Gun Rights

The Supreme Court in its next term is expected to hear a challenge to New York City’s ban on transporting a licensed handgun to a home or shooting range outside the city. It’s the first gun case the court will consider in nearly a decade . The regulation, which doesn’t exist in any other American city, applies to holders of a “premises permit,” one of two handgun permits residents can obtain, which allows them to keep guns in their homes and transport them, locked and unloaded, to one of the city’s seven shooting ranges. To travel anywhere else with a firearm, premises permit holders must obtain a concealed carry permit. The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the local gun group that brought the challenge, contends that obtaining an extra layer of licensing to take a gun outside the five boroughs is not “consistent with the Second Amendment, the commerce clause, and the constitutional right to travel.” Gun rights advocates have long argued that New York City’s process to get a concealed carry permit is arduous and time-consuming. The permit is also generally off limits to civilians. Recipients have mostly been business owners, security guards, former members of law enforcement, and prominent figures like President Donald Trump’s sons, Donald Jr. and Eric. (The process is so demanding, in fact, that consulting firms have sprung up to help applicants streamline it.) Gun rights advocates say obtaining a premises permit is hard enough: It takes anywhere from three to 10 […]

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