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Supreme Court sidesteps gun rights case

by Harvest Prude
Posted 4/28/20, 11:33 am

Instead of ruling on gun owners’ rights, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday found a controversial New York City case moot because local officials recently rescinded the law. New York City had prohibited licensed gun owners from taking their firearms outside the city limits to places such as shooting ranges and second homes. Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, and Clarence Thomas dissented, arguing the law blatantly violated the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Why did New York City rescind the law? After the Supreme Court agreed to hear a challenge from three gun owners, city officials seemed to realize the law would not hold up in court and nixed it. Instead of arguing the merits of the case, the defense argued it was a moot question.

Dig deeper: Read the court’s opinion.

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Harvest Prude

Harvest is a political reporter for WORLD's Washington Bureau. She is a World Journalism Institute and Patrick Henry College graduate. Harvest resides in Washington, D.C. Follow her on Twitter @HarvestPrude.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Tue, 04/28/2020 01:42 pm

    Just a guess here:  with current makeup of the Court, I strongly suspect there is an agreement among conservative Justices to hold off on cases involving the most serious divides between American conservatives and liberals:  abortion, firearms, maybe immigration. 

    A 5-4 split in favor of conservative views is much less desirable than a 6-3 decision. My feeling is the conservatives are looking at a likely Trump re-election, followed by 4 more years in which hopefully Ruth Bader Ginsberg will retire, to be replaced by a Trump-nominated conservative. 

    Just speculation of course.