The Supreme Court is set to take on a major gun rights case on Monday, the first of its kind in nearly a decade. The decision reached in this case could send major shockwaves through the nation.
The case centers around a gun control law passed in New York City that only allowed gun-owning residents to transport weapons outside their homes if they were taking them to one of seven different approved shooting ranges within the city.
The ordinance effectively banned the transportation of legally owned weapons between residences or to gun ranges outside of city limits.
The case was brought to the Supreme Court by gun rights activists after a federal appeals court struck down a challenge to the ordinance. The City amended the rule to allow gun owners to transport their weapons outside of city limits and contends that the modification is grounds for dismissal of the case, but it was too little, too late.
Gun-control politics expert Robert Spitzer thinks that the high court still opted to take up the case “because there are enough conservative justices now on the court that they want to re-examine how the court defined gun rights back in 2008.”
“To me, they haven’t gone through all this trouble just to then brush the case off,” he continued.
The implications of the Supreme Court decision regarding this case are extensive. Gun rights activists hope that the ruling goes beyond the specifics of this case, and will set a precedent that could expand gun rights across the board.
Alan Gottlieb, the founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, said “I expect, honestly, for the court to rule that the law is unconstitutional. So that’s a win. But [the] big question is how big a win will it be. This could have great impact for us. That’s why the other side is so scared about the court hearing this case.”
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