U.S. Supreme Court considers right-to-carry lawsuit

U.S. Supreme Court

The lawsuit filed by gun owners backed by National Rifle Association against New York state law

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday will discuss whether to take up a new gun rights lawsuit backed by the National Rifle Association (NRA), Reuters reported. The plaintiffs have protested New York state law restricting the ability of people to carry firearms in public places.

Nine judges will discuss the lawsuit during the weekly conference at a time when the public is concerned about gun violence after two mass shootings in Georgia and Colorado that left 18 people dead.

The plaintiffs, two gun owners and the New York chapter of the NRA, an influential and closely Republican-affiliated group that defends Americans’ right to guns, are asking judges to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling challenging New York law that requires state residents to prove they have probable cause to obtain a concealed-carry permit outside the home.

The lower courts rejected the plaintiffs’ argument that the restrictions violate the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which gives Americans the right to keep and bear arms.

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The Supreme Court is not expected to rule until Monday.

The Supreme Court’s conservative majority (six conservative justices against three liberals) is seen as rather favorable to Second Amendment rights.

The New York lawsuit, if accepted, could lead to the most significant decision on the scope of the Second Amendment in more than a decade. The court first recognized people’s right to keep guns at home for self-defense in 2008 and applied that right to states in 2010.

Now the plaintiffs are asking for that right to be extended beyond the home. A negative decision could make lower courts skeptical of new or existing gun control laws.