(RightWing.org) – Joe Biden campaigned on a promise to pursue new gun control measures. On April 7, he announced that his administration was taking “six initial actions” to address gun violence. Fortunately, the US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) agreed to hear an important New York gun rights case that could increase Second Amendment protections nationwide and slow Biden down.
On April 26, SCOTUS announced it would consider whether or not the Second Amendment protects citizens’ right to carry concealed firearms in public in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Keith Corlett.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court agrees to take up a major gun rights case. In NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett, the justices will consider the extent to which the Second Amendment protects the right to carry guns outside the home for self-defense. pic.twitter.com/0uGurWn46r
— SCOTUSblog (@SCOTUSblog) April 26, 2021
New York licensing officials denied the application of two residents for unrestricted conceal-carry permits. Under current statutes, applicants must establish “a special need for self-protection.” A district court sided with the state, ruling that the plaintiffs failed to establish that they faced a “special or unique danger” to their lives. A federal appeals court upheld that ruling. The plaintiffs argue they have a Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in public as “law-abiding citizens.”
This case could have far-reaching implications if SCOTUS sides with the gun-owners. Several states already have laws on the books similar to New York’s and this case could effectively strike them down. We will keep you updated on future developments in this case.
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