The U.S. Supreme Court began hearing arguments on Monday for a legal feud involving a New York City gun ordinance. It is being considered the largest gun case since 2010.
Reuters reports the New York ordinance—which has since been amended—prevents licensed gun owners from taking their firearms outside of the city. The city regulation was loosened in July but the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case anyway. As a result, the city is concurrently arguing that because they changed the ordinance, the case should be dropped.
The case is the result of three gun owners who said their constitutional rights were trampled as they could not take their firearms with them to neighboring New Jersey for a shooting competition. Here’s more:
The dispute centers on New York City’s handgun “premises” licenses that allowed holders to transport their firearms only to a handful of shooting ranges within the city, and to hunting areas elsewhere in the state during designated hunting seasons.
The plaintiffs filed suit in 2013 after they were told by authorities they could not participate in a shooting competition in New Jersey or bring their guns to a home elsewhere in the state. The Manhattan-based 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled last year that the regulation advanced the city’s interest in protecting public safety and did not violate the Second Amendment.
The three gun owners at the center of the controversy have since partnered with the New York state affiliate of the NRA to argue “that the regulation violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms,” Reuters reports.
The outcome of the case could have far-reaching effects, especially considering the scope of the court’s ruling. A ruling against the city could pave the way for other individuals to sue cities that have passed more gun-restrictive measures. A ruling in support of a city’s ability to determine its own regulations on gun ownership could allow opportunities for cities to create anti-gun sanctuaries.
The U.S. Supreme Court holds a 5-4 conservative majority.
Batter up, Justice Kavanaugh.
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— Arthur Schwartz (@ArthurSchwartz) December 2, 2019