SCOTUS Revisits Gun Control
In the 2008 case District of Columbia v. Heller, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Washington, D.C.’s handgun ban was invalid because it violated the constitutional right to armed self-defense. Two years later, in McDonald v. Chicago, the Court said states also are obligated to respect that right. Because both Heller and McDonald addressed laws banning handguns within the home, the Court left unresolved how the right to keep and bear arms applies in public.
In April, the Supreme Court announced it would consider that question when it hears arguments in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Corlett. At issue is New York’s requirement that anyone seeking a license to carry a concealed handgun in public satisfy a local official that he has “proper cause” to do so.
What counts as “proper cause”? According to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit’s 2012 decision in Kachalsky v. Westchester, a “generalized desire to carry a concealed weapon to protect on
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