The constitutional judges examined the lawsuit brought by two gun owners and the lobby group NRA over a law in New York State. The New York authorities ordered plaintiffs to wear a covertly under a law more than a hundred years old Firearm prohibited for self-defense. The two men, however, went to court, but were unsuccessful. They then called the Supreme Court.
This now examined whether the decision of the New York authorities constitutes a violation of the second amendment to the constitution. This so-called Second Amendment represents the basis for the right to own weapons in the USA. However, the exact interpretation is disputed.
In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled in principle that the second amendment to the US Constitution enshrined an “individual” right to own weapons. However, it remained unclear how much scope there is for restrictions – also with regard to the question of bringing weapons outside of one’s own home. Plaintiff attorney Paul Clement said at the hearing on Wednesday, wearing Firearms outside of one’s own home there is a “fundamental constitutional law”.
The Supreme Court could strengthen the rights of gun owners with a new landmark decision. Conservative judges have had a majority of six out of nine judges at the court since the tenure of former President Donald Trump. Three of the judges were appointed by Trump, who advocated gun owners.
The issue of gun law is highly controversial in the United States. Guns are widespread in the country, around 30 percent of all adults own one Firearm. At the same time, around 40,000 people, including suicides, die each year from gunfire. Again and again, firearms massacres cause horror.
US President Joe Biden had promised in the election campaign to tighten gun law. Given the resistance of the conservative Republicans in Congress, he has little chance of legislative reforms. (APA / red.)