The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.
The case marks the court’s first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett came on board in October, making a 6-3 conservative majority. The justices said Monday they will review a lower-court ruling that upheld New York’s restrictive gun permit law. The court’s action follows mass shootings in recent weeks in Indiana, Georgia, Colorado and California. The case probably will be argued in the fall. The court had turned down review of the issue in June, before Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s death. New York is among eight states that limit who has the right to carry a weapon in public. The others are: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. In the rest of the country, gun owners have little trouble legally carrying their weapons when they go out. The high court heard arguments in another case today, where the state of California is attempting to gain access to non-profits’ major donor lists. The legal question at play: can California enact a blanket policy like this? Americans for Prosperity Foundation, the plaintiff in the case, argues that the regulation is unconstitutional. Today on AirTalk, we discuss a few of the major cases under consideration and the various legal arguments involved. Do you have thoughts or questions? Call 866-893-5722 to join the conversation.
With files from the Associated Press
Adam Winkler, professor of law at UCLA where he specializes in constitutional law, the Supreme Court and gun policy, author of “We the Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights,” (Liveright, 2018); he tweets @adamwinkler