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Supreme Court Case Could Reshape State Gun Control Laws

As the United States continues to grapple with the issue of gun control, a recent Supreme Court case could have a major impact on how states regulate firearms. The case: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. the City of New York, centers around a law that prohibited residents of New York City from transporting firearms outside the city, even if they were licensed to own them. The law was challenged by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, who argue that it violates the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

Historical implications

This is the first time in nearly a decade that the Supreme Court has heard a case concerning the Second Amendment, and the outcome could have significant implications for how states regulate firearms in the future. If the Supreme Court sides with the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, it could pave the way for more states to loosen their gun control laws. On the other hand, if the Supreme Court upholds the law, it could give states more leeway to regulate firearms.

A precedent with downstream consequences

The issue of gun control has become increasingly pressing in recent years due to the rise in mass shootings and gun violence across the country. This case is being closely watched by both sides of the debate, as the outcome could set a precedent for how states regulate firearms in the future. The Second Amendment is just one aspect of the larger issue of gun control. There are many factors that contribute to gun violence, and addressing them will require a comprehensive approach that takes into account the Second Amendment as well as other laws and regulations.

Significant updates

At the moment, lawsuits are zipping through the courts with congressional leaders from both parties arguing for their stances, this coming from a rash of mass shootings at the start of the year. A new law crafted by democrats will seek to curtail gun violence in sensitive places, including the city’s Times Square, Yankee stadium, and the subway system.

While the nation continues to grapple with one of the most fundamental and consecrated laws in the land, it is important that individuals and business owners alike know their rights. That’s why it will be important to retain a lawyer that is savvy in the most recent updates in case they find themselves facing a lawsuit of their own.

Colorado Lawsuit Filed by Gun Rights Group Against State Over Ammunition Limits

The National Foundation for Gun Rights (NFGR) is a plaintiff in a suit filed July 7 in Denver’s federal District Court against the state of Colorado. The gun rights group seeks to overturn the 2013 ban on sales of gun magazines with over 15 rounds. The ban was enacted in the aftermath of the carnage from the Aurora theater mass shooting that claimed a dozen lives and injured at least 70 others.

Emboldened by this summer’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down parts of New York’s gun control laws, this group and others also plan to challenge gun restrictions in other states and jurisdictions.

The highest court in the land ruled governments had the authority to regulate firearm carrying for self-defense purposes by law-abiding citizens. But they can’t prohibit the right to carry firearms or require those seeking concealed-carry permits to show a need for the same.

On July 22, pro-Second Amendment plaintiffs celebrated the temporary restraining order issued in federal court by a U.S. District Court judgment against the town of Superior, Colorado. The order bans enforcement of sections of a gun control ordinance outlawing possession and sales of assault weapons. An August 4th hearing will decide whether the town’s ban will be struck down or upheld.

In that lawsuit filed by the Rocky Mountain Gun Owners, a Superior gun owner, and several other gun advocacy groups, plaintiffs alleged the SCOTUS decision reinforced that “the standard for applying the Second Amendment is the text, history, and tradition of the right to keep and bear arms; thereby, invalidating the lower court rulings’ justification for gun control.”

According to the deputy chief counsel of the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, a public interest law center, these lawsuits are no surprise given the recent SCOTUS decision. David Pucino is confident “that the laws we have in the books are strongly grounded.”

But the NFGR’s Director of Research and Policy demurs. Hannah Hill recently stated the SCOTUS decision was a “four-ton wrecking ball” they will use to assail gun control laws all over the nation. Hill announced the “mag ban” fight was the first of additional legal battles her group and others will launch soon.