The Supreme Court refused today to consider any new cases on gun rights, including the ability of 18- to 20-year-olds to buy guns, reports USA Today. The court still could agree to consider the next big legal issue in the national debate over guns: whether the right to keep a gun at home for self-defense extends to public places. A federal appeals court panel’s divided ruling this month in a California case makes it more likely that the question of guns outside the home will be heading to the high court soon.
Ever since Justice Antonin Scalia wrote for a divided court in 2008 that the Second Amendment to the Constitution protects the right to possess guns at home, the question of public places has been looming. Many states impose restrictions, such as requiring a demonstrated need to carry a gun, whether concealed or in plain sight. Most lower courts have upheld those restrictions. The petitions denied today focused on gun rights for 18- to 20-year-olds and challenges to laws that restrict interstate gun transfers.