First Amendment in peril as Supreme Court considers New York gun law

The American Civil Liberties Union says a Second Amendment case set for U.S. Supreme Court review has important First Amendment ramifications. A New York law requires those registering for a concealed carry license to show a specific need for self-defense. The ACLU argues that limits on gun carrying in public spaces are constitutional and essential in making those spaces safe for assembly, association and free speech. (ACLU, October 1, 2021)

Although the conservative majority of the Supreme Court may be expected to invoke the originalist approach to rule for gun rights, it is not a sure bet as the courts have ruled in the past that the right to bear arms is subject to limits. New York may prevail in showing the law is necessary to reduce gun violence. (The Trace, May 18, 2021, by Jennifer Mascia)

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