Supreme Court to weigh concealed carry rights amid surge in gun violence, sales

Calls for stricter gun laws amid an increase in gun violence in 2020 has led the US Supreme Court to weigh a major Second Amendment ruling for the first time since 2010. 

The case emerges from a New York law imposing restrictions on carrying firearms outside of the home. The case is prompted by the New York State Pistol and Rifle Association and two individual gun owners. Currently, the state of New York only grants concealed carry permits to citizens with “proper cause” to carry a firearm outside of the home. Lower courts have not reached an agreement as to whether or not the restriction is constitutional under the Second Amendment. The Supreme Court will hear the case in October, at the start of its next term. Recent mass shootings have led politicians on the left, including President Biden to call for stricter gun control laws.

In a fact sheet regarding the issue, the White House states, “This Administration will not wait for Congress to act to take its own steps – fully within the Administration’s authority and the Second Amendment – to save lives.” Former President Trump’s three Supreme Court appointees altered the majority of the court to be conservative in nature. In 2017, Trump appointed Justice Gorsuch, in 2018 Justice Kavanaugh, and in 2020 Justice Barrett. The new majority brings hope for gun rights activists who are currently fighting against the Biden Administration’s recent gun control orders.

The new administration’s stance on Second Amendment rights may be furthered by Democrat’s latest plan to expand the court. Conservative politicians and activists believe increasing the court from 9 justices to 13 threatens the court’s integrity and the intent of America’s founders. Conservative activist Charlie Kirk states, “If Joe Biden still believes this, and if he TRULY wants to ‘Unite’ the country, he needs to immediately come out against congressional Democrats’ new bill to add 4 seats to the Supreme Court.” Earlier in President Biden’s political career as a senator, he was against court-packing, calling the practice “corrupt.” 





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