The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense, marking the court’s first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett came on board in October, making a 6-3 conservative majority, reports the Chicago Tribune. The justices said Monday they will review a lower-court ruling that upheld New York’s restrictive gun permit law.
The court’s action follows mass shootings in recent weeks in Indiana, Georgia, Colorado and California. New York is among eight states that limit who has the right to carry a weapon in public. The others are: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Calling on the court to reject the appeal, the state said its law promotes public safety and crime reduction and neither bans people from carrying guns nor allows everyone to do so. Federal courts have largely upheld the permit limits.