It is not terribly often that the Supreme Court of the United States gets involved with the Second Amendment, and with good reason: That inalienable right is written into our Constitution with very little wiggle room. The only reason for any drama surrounding the right to bear arms has come from the constant dirge of Democratically-decided nuisance laws meant to make owning a firearm a hassle.
This includes some concealed carry laws, which vary state-by-state, and created a tapestry of potential trouble for Americans.
At least one such law is now going to be the subject of a Supreme Court investigation.
The Supreme Court announced Monday that it will hear a major gun rights case over whether ordinary citizens can be legally prohibited from carrying concealed handguns for self-defense outside their homes.
The case, brought by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, challenges a New York law that prohibits citizens from carrying a gun outside their home without a license that the state makes difficult to obtain.Trending:
“The petition for a writ of certiorari is granted limited to the following question: Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment,” the court said in an order.
The state requires license applicants to show that “proper cause exists” for a person to have one. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in August that the law is constitutional.
The move comes as a number of states have taken extraordinary measures to protect the right to bear arms, including several locales that have interpreted the amendment itself to be a declaration that allows for concealed or open carry.