Sunday, January 16, 2022

LISTEN ONLINE: Supreme Court Hears Arms Rights Case in New York

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a gun rights case that could lead to more guns on New York and Los Angeles streets and threaten gun restrictions on subways, airports, bars, churches , schools and other places. places where people gather.

The hearing is scheduled for 10 am ET. Listen in the player above.

The case in court Wednesday focused on New York’s restrictive gun permit law and whether the state’s restrictions on carrying a gun in public violated the Second Amendment.

Gun rights advocates including the New York State Shooters and Pistols Association and two individuals challenging the law hope the 6-3 conservative majority court is ready to side with them. They want the court to find New York’s law too strict, which could call into question similar laws in other states. Such a regulation could dramatically increase the number of people who are allowed to carry firearms in everyday life.

The last time a court made important decisions on gun rights was in 2008 and 2010. These decisions established a nationwide right to keep weapons at home for self-defense purposes. Now the court is faced with the question of publicly carrying weapons for self-defense purposes.

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In most countries, gun owners do not have much difficulty in carrying a gun legally when they go out. But about half a dozen states, including populous California and several eastern states, restrict the carrying of arms to those who can demonstrate a special need to do so. The judges can decide whether these laws, known as “making” laws, can act.

Arguments emerge as gun violence escalates. Firearms control groups say that if a high court ruling requires states to lift restrictions, the result will be even more violence. Gun rights groups, meanwhile, argue that the risk of confrontation is the reason why they have the right to be armed in self-defense.

New York City law, which the court is considering, has been in effect since 1913 and states that in order to carry a concealed pistol in public in self-defense, an applicant for a license must demonstrate a “proper reason,” a valid need to carry the weapon. … Licensed candidates are issued either an unlimited license, which gives them ample opportunity to carry a weapon in public, or a limited license, which allows them to carry a weapon under certain circumstances. These circumstances include hunting or target shooting, travel to work or to remote areas.

New York states that if the Supreme Court sided with opponents of the law, it would have “devastating consequences for public safety”, overturn long-standing laws such as New York law, and jeopardize state firearms restrictions. and the federal government in airport congestion areas. to schools.

The Biden administration, which urges judges to abide by New York law, says California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws that could be influenced by a court decision. Connecticut and Delaware also have “right to publish” laws, although they are slightly different.

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