2A Case Likely to Change Gun Laws in America

2A Case Likely to Change Gun Laws in America

(DailyVantage.com) – Second Amendment rights have long been the subject of debate in the United States. Petitioners promoting its inherent rights regularly vie to be heard before the Supreme Court (SCOTUS), and this year is no different. What is different is that the High Court recently decided to hear arguments for one particular case: New York Rifle & Pistol Association (NYSRPA) v Bruen, and the outcome could have nationwide implications.

On Wednesday, November 3, SCOTUS Justices heard arguments regarding New York State’s denial of concealed-carry licenses. The petitioner, NYSRPA, argued the refusal of these permits is a direct violation of the Second Amendment, calling into question the right to keep arms versus the right to bear arms. The distinction focuses on the fact that when both rights are honored, gun owners with concealed carry permits have the right to take their guns with them in public for self-defense.

According to David Keene, former NRA president, the real impact will be on the states where applicants must prove they have “proper cause” to carry their firearms. He says the court must use “strict scrutiny” as the ability to keep and bear arms is a “fundamental right.” Keene believes this could be “the single most important Second Amendment case to come before” the Justices since the 2008 District of Columbia v Heller and 2010 McDonald v Chicago lawsuits.

The last time the SCOTUS issued a decision on a gun-rights case was in 2010, resulting in the court’s recognition of the right to keep a gun for self-defense at home. This time, we could see those rights extended to carrying firearms in public, which would be a real win for legal gun owners across the country.

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