The United States Supreme Court has decided to step back into the gun rights debate by agreeing to hear a challenge that has been backed by the New York branch of the National Rifle Association, a gun rights advocacy group, to the state of New York’s restrictions on individuals carrying concealed handguns in public.
The justices will hear an appeal by two gun owners and the NRA concerning the ruling of a lower court that threw out their challenge to the current restrictions placed on having concealed handguns outside of one’s own home.
Lower courts shot down the argument that was made by the plaintiffs that the restrictions of the state violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution. The lawsuit in question sought to establish a right to carry concealed handguns in public.
This particular case could actually bring about the most consequential ruling on the scope of the Second Amendment that our country has seen in 10 years.
A state firearms licensing officer had granted the two men “concealed carry” permits but restricted them to hunting and target practice, prompting the legal challenge.
The court’s 6-3 conservative majority is seen as sympathetic to an expansive view of Second Amendment rights.
The debate over gun control in the United States has intensified in the wake of a spate of recent mass shootings, including one at a FedEx facility in Indianapolis on April 15 in which a gunman killed eight employees and then himself, and two in March in less than a week – one in Georgia and the other in Colorado – that left a total of 18 people dead.
“A ruling against New York could also force lower courts to cast a skeptical eye on new or existing gun control laws. Gun control advocates are concerned that the conservative justices could create a standard for gun control that could threaten measures that states already have implemented such as expanded criminal background checks for gun buyers and ‘red flag’ laws targeting the firearms of people deemed dangerous by the courts,” the Newsmax piece continued.
One of the most important rights we have as citizens of the United States is the Second Amendment. Without the right to bear arms, we cannot protect the other critical God-given rights we have from the power-starved hands of tyrants.