Supreme Court Refuses to Hear New Case on Second Amendment Rights


The Supreme Court today remained on the sidelines as the national debate over gun ownership heats up in the political realm. Scotusblog reports that the Justices denied review of the latest attempt to test whether the Second Amendment right to have a gun extends beyond the home. The denial of review in Kachalsky, et al., v. Cacace, et al. was the latest in a series of denials of attempts to get the Justices to explore the reach of the Court's 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, recognizing a Second Amendment right to have a gun for personal self-defense. That decision was limited to a right to have a gun ready to shoot inside one's own home. The new case, from New York State, sought to test the constitutionality of limiting a citizen's right to a license to carry a concealed gun in public to those who can show they have a “proper cause” for their belief that they need a gun for self-defense away from home. Supporters of gun rights have argued that the Second Amendment right recognized in Heller was sweeping in scope, while supporters of gun control have argued that the decision leaves legislators with wide leeway to impose new restrictions.

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