“If it turns out that the judges appointed by Republicans do not support gun rights, it may demoralize many single-issue voters who are now tethered to the Republican Party,” a gun scholar said.
“I will do everything in my power to protect the American people from this epidemic of gun violence, but it’s time for Congress to act as well,” Biden said. “We need a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines again.”
The effort by a collection of 23 Democratic state attorneys general to outlaw the publication of gun blueprints took a setback on Tuesday.
The number of Americans supporting enacting new gun laws over protecting gun rights fell from 57 percent to 50 percent, a seven-point drop. The number of Americans favoring gun rights jumped from 34 to 43 percent, a nine-point jump. The difference between the two positions narrowed by 16 points overall.
An Illinois woman had charges against her thrown out on Monday after a judge ruled the state’s gun ownership permit fees violated the Second Amendment.
The outcome of the case against New York’s restrictive concealed carry permit regime is far from certain, according to legal experts who spoke to The Reload. While gun-rights groups have cheered the Court and gun-control groups derided it for taking the case, experts said the Court is hard to predict and there are numerous realistic outcomes gun advocates may not like. The experts said the Court’s ideological makeup does not guarantee a particular ruling.
Anticipating the case could end with monumental changes to gun laws across the country, gun-rights groups cheered as gun-control groups braced themselves. Both sides argued the case could produce far-reaching consequences. They disagreed over whether those consequences were good or bad for the country.
The court agreed to hear a case challenging New York’s restrictive gun-carry law. The case, filed by New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and backed by the NRA, argues New York’s refusal to grant gun-carry permits to law-abiding residents on the basis of self-defense violates the Second Amendment. It is the first case dealing with gun carry outside the home to be considered by the court.
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