Supreme Court Agrees To Hear Groundbreaking Gun Rights Case

( The Supreme Court will take up another major gun rights case starting in early November.

On Monday, the court added to its calendar a date on November 3 when it will start hearing oral arguments in a case regarding the Second Amendment. This particular case revolves around the question of if the U.S. Constitution guarantees Americans the right to carry a gun outside of their home.

In April, Supreme Court justices said they would consider this particular case against a 100-year-old law in New York state. The plaintiffs bringing the case are being backed by the National Rifle Association.

The law in question requires all applicants for a concealed handgun permit to demonstrate they have a “proper cause” for why they should receive a license to be able to carry a handgun in public.

The plaintiffs have argued that the New York law violates the Second Amendment’s protections on gun rights.

Lower courts in the case have upheld New York’s law to this point. The other side also argues that many similar laws in many other states are already in place.

However, the appeal in the case to the Supreme Court notes that:

“Repetition of an error does not cure the error; it just heightens the need for this Court’s review.”

Many pro-gun control people are worried that this particular Supreme Court might overturn the law, since it leans so conservative. Six of the justices are considered conservative, with only three considered liberal. That being said, many of the conservative justices have sided with liberals in the recent past.

The Supreme Court hasn’t heard a significant case regarding gun rights and the Second Amendment in more than 10 years. In that case, the Supreme Court ruled that the Second Amendment does indeed allow individuals to have a gun for purposes of self-defense inside their home.

Just last year, the Supreme Court declined to make a substantial and definitive ruling in another gun regulation case that had to do with New York’s state law.

But, now, the newest version of the Supreme Court has at least indicated a willingness to re-examine some of the gun control laws around the country. Three justices appointed by former President Donald Trump — Amy Coney Barrett, Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch — are relatively new to the court and could tilt it in a new direction.

This particular case was originally brought in 2018. Two new residents, Brandon Koch and Robert Nash, along with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, filed the lawsuit.

The two residents had their applications to carry a concealed gun in public denied. They had argued they needed the permits for self-defense.

The licensing officer made the decision that the two people “did not demonstrate a special need for self-defense that distinguished [them] from the general public.”

Later that year, a federal judge dismissed their challenge to the laws in New York, ruling that, “Nash and Koch do not satisfy the ‘proper cause’ requirement because they do not ‘face any special or unique danger to [their] life.'”

Then, a federal appeals court upheld that decision, denying the men the licenses yet agin.