The Supreme Court has taken on a new Second Amendment case for the first time in more than a decade, leaving the media in chaos.
The court will hear New York State Rifle et. al. v. Corlett that will address “Whether the State’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”
Most states allow all qualified citizens the ability to apply for concealed-carry permits. However, a few states require special conditions to do so.
New York is one of those states. The Empire State has some of the strictest firearms laws in the nation.
The Second Amendment Doesn’t Need Special Conditions
The case will determine whether “special conditions” are necessary for firearms. Second Amendment advocates hope for a ruling that expands access to conceal carry nationwide.
Gun control opponents are concerned with the case as it is the first Second Amendment case to be held with the court’s new 6 to 3 conservative majority.
Former President Donald Trump nominated three justices during his four years in office. The new justices have flipped the once liberal court to its strongest conservative position in decades.
Lower courts ruled against Nash and Koch. The Supreme Court’s goal will be to clarify lower court decisions on “the strength of Second Amendment protections outside the home.”
New Hope for the Second Amendment
The last time the Supreme Court ruled on a major gun rights case was in 2008, according to CNN.
The court held for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to keep and bear arms at home for self-defense. A follow up decision took place in 2010.
The news follows the Biden administration’s recent executive actions on gun control. The measures, if moved forward, could make millions of Americans “illegal gun owners” simply due to owning a particular gun accessory.
Second Amendment advocates hope could recognize wider gun rights under the Constitution, according to Reuters.