Supreme Court Takes Major Guns Case

NEW YORK -
The Supreme Court is seen in Washington as a storm rolls in. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The Supreme Court will hear a guns case, backed by the NRA, over New York’s concealed weapons laws, in a case that could have major ramifications for the reach of the Second Amendment.

The justice will consider if the “State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry license for self-defense violated the Second Amendment,” Axios reported.

A lower court ruling upheld the law. New York is one of 11 states that restrict the right to carry a firearm in public.

Opponents are challenging a New York state law that has been on the books since 1913 regarding handgun licenses. The law dictates that people who carry a handgun in public require a “proper cause” to do so, such as hunting or for security. The licenses only allow people to use their guns for those specific purposes, and those who hope to acquire a general license must “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”

The court has 6-3 conservative majority, giving gun rights advocates potential for a major ruling in regards to Second Amendment rights.

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