Will Amy Coney Barrett Shake Up The Second Amendment In Her First Year On The Supreme Court?

Will Amy Coney Barrett Shake Up The Second Amendment In Her First Year On The Supreme Court?

Justice Amy Coney Barrett hasn’t minced words about the 2nd Amendment (Photo by Susan … [+] What impact will Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett have on constitutional law? There is a good chance that she will make her biggest early mark in the area of the 2 nd Amendment. The Supreme Court has been surprisingly quiet on the right to bear arms since its 2008 landmark decision, Heller v. District of Columbia , which held that the 2 nd Amendment protects the individual’s right to own a handgun for home protection. Two years later, it ruled that Heller applies to state and local governments as well as to the federal government. Last year it looked like the Court might expand 2nd Amendment rights in a case involving a poorly written New York State Statute that restricted the right to take a legally owned gun outside of one’s home. However, the state repealed the law and the Court chose to let it drop. Other than that, the Court has not taken a 2 nd Amendment case in more than a decade. This year could be different though. The Court has already agreed to hear a case about whether the police can enter a person’s home without a warrant to seize his guns in the name of community safety. That case will be argued in March and is discussed in a recent post . While that case involves the 2 nd Amendment, it will probably be decided primarily on the […]

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