Supreme Court refuses to hear NRA challenge to law limiting concealed-carry permits
When the U.S. Supreme Court ruled five years ago that a total ban on handguns in Washington, D.C., was unconstitutional, the majority opinion pointedly cautioned against drawing any absolutist interpretation of the decision.
Justice Antonin Scalia, perhaps the most conservative member of the high court, said this:
Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose…
The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms…
But, of course, the National Rifle Association and its stooges in Congress have pretended that the court said no such thing about the limits of Second Amendment rights. They have clung to the theory that gun rights are absolute and virtually unlimited.
But the high court signaled today that it’s not yet ready, if it ever will be, to reject Scalia’s argument that Second Amendment rights have limits.
The story is HERE:
The Supreme Court on Monday said it would not weigh in on a major Second Amendment question that has divided the lower courts: May states bar or strictly limit the carrying of guns in public for self-defense?
The justices turned down a case concerning a New York State law that requires people seeking permits to carry guns in public to demonstrate that they have a special need for self-protection. In urging the justices to hear the case, the National Rifle Association called the law “a de facto ban on carrying a handgun outside the home.”
As is their custom, the justices gave no reasons for declining to hear the case.
In November, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, upheld the law. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey have similar laws.