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US Supreme Court to review NY gun control

The move follows a recent spate of mass shootings, which were followed by calls from President Joe Biden for stricter restrictions on firearms
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Adam Liptak   |   Washington   |   Published 27.04.21, 03:04 AM

The Supreme Court said on Monday that it would review a New York law that imposes strict limits on carrying guns outside the home, setting the stage for its first major Second Amendment case in more than a decade.

The move follows a recent spate of mass shootings, which were followed by calls from President Joe Biden for stricter restrictions on firearms.

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The Supreme Court has turned down countless Second Amendment appeals since it established an individual right to keep guns in the home for self-defence in 2008 in District of C olumbia vs Heller. Since then, lower courts have generally sustained gun control laws. But they are divided on the fundamental question posed by the new case: whether states can stop law-abiding citizens from carrying guns outside their homes for self-defence unless they can satisfy the authorities that they have a good reason.

The apex court has a six-justice conservative majority, and its two newest members — Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett — took a broad view of Second Amendment rights as appeals court judges. The new case is a challenge to a New York law that needs people seeking a licence to carry a gun outside their homes to show a “proper cause”.

New York Times News Service



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