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DC – COURTS – The High Court’s Political Turn

It’s the first time in a decade that the Supreme Court has considered a case on gun rights. In 2008, the court ruled in District of Columbia v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms and have a gun in the home for self defense. In 2010, the decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago extended that right in states and localities. The case, which has a hearing scheduled for December, challenges a New York City law that allowed individuals with handgun permits to keep their weapons in their homes or transport them to and from one of several gun ranges within the city but banned them from traveling with their firearms outside of city limits. New York officials sought to get the case dismissed since the law was repealed this summer. The Supreme Court refused to dismiss the case but said it will also consider the issue of mootness during oral arguments. Gun control has become a prominent issue in light of a string of deadly mass shootings this year in Texas, California and Ohio. Democrats in Congress are looking to make a deal with the White House to pass new laws on guns, but those efforts have stalled yet again and look unlikely to happen in the near future, especially with the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry.  [full article]

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