Analysis: The Supreme Court's conservatives may have the votes to expand Second Amendment rights
April 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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As Americans have been shaken by recent mass shootings and national leaders have renewed calls for firearms reform, the Supreme Court on Monday announced it would take up a New York case that could give gun owners more freedom.
(CNN)As Americans have been shaken by recent mass shootings and national leaders have renewed calls for firearms reform, the Supreme Court on Monday announced it would take up a New York case that could give gun owners more freedom.
Corlett -- will be argued in the Supreme Court session that begins next October. ) This new controversy tests a New York state law that requires applicants for a license to carry a concealed handgun in public to show they have "proper cause," that is, a special need for self-protection.
The Supreme Court majority ended up dismissing the controversy because New York lifted its ban on transporting guns to firing ranges or second homes outside the city.
A former law clerk to the late Justice Antonin Scalia, who wrote the Heller landmark, Barrett has warned against treating "the Second Amendment as a second-class right. "
Heller, this Court made clear that the "core lawful purpose" of the Second Amendment is 'self-defense. ' The need to defend oneself is hardly limited to the home; that is why the framers enshrined a right not only to 'keep' arms, but also to 'bear' them. "
The Second Amendment dictates: "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. " Until the ruling in the 2008 Heller case, federal judges generally regarded the Second Amendment as covering state militia, such as National Guards, rather than shielding individual rights.
But no court, New York Attorney General Letitia James said as she urged the justices not to intervene in the new case, has upheld "a blanket prohibition on ordinary, law-abiding persons carrying firearms outside the home. "