This SCOTUS Case Could Be a Game Changer
The left will never cease in their war on the Second Amendment. No matter the candidate, leftist keep this issue on their agenda. It still remains the pinnacle issue that is preventing their hostile takeover of the country, and they know it. It’s why they experiment with draconian laws in local governments all over the country.
One of those experiments is facing a legal challenge, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case. This will be the first SCOUTS ruling on guns since 2010, so gun haters and owners are both watching closely.
This story begins in New York City, and it’s worth noting that this is not a state-wide law. You may have heard of their perimeter regulation. The gist of it is that residents can take a gun from their home to a shooting range, as long as it’s unloaded and locked in a case. That already sounds like a 2A violation, but this gets worse.
According to New York City law, residents are not lawfully permitted to take their firearms out of the city limits. If you own a gun, it has to stay in New York City forever.
How anyone can think this is remotely constitutional has yet to be explained. It’s an obvious and clear violation, and the Supreme Court agreed to hear a case against the law earlier in the year.
It might seem obvious how this law was challenged in appeals court. How can it be anything other than an infringement on the right to bear arms? In all honesty, it sounds a little dystopian when a government finds excuses to not let you leave.
Despite the obvious points, this battle has been convoluted. Since the Supreme Court agreed to take the case, New York City has rewritten it three separate times. On each occasion, they offer more concessions to residents, but they never allow for unrestricted freedom in carrying firearms out of the city.
The revisions are a clear attempt by Democrats to prevent SCOTUS from making a ruling. Their hope is that by specifically addressing the items in the complaint, they can get the case ruled moot. In fact, when the case was heard on Monday, the moot discussion was one of the major points. Since the complaint can’t be edited and the law can, the Democrats are trying to get the Supreme Court to admit that a ruling is no longer necessary.
We don’t have a final verdict yet, so we’ll have to wait and see. There are two important things to remember while we wait. First, the final iteration of this law, so far, still places restrictions on taking a gun outside of the city. The destination and plan of travel are stipulated in the law, so it’s definitely a violation of freedom. Second, the whole point of taking this to the Supreme Court is to try and get such laws ruled for the rest of the country.
New York City clearly understands that they’re violating the Constitution. Otherwise, they would welcome a SCOTUS ruling so that other cities and states could copy their law. Their best hope is to get a moot ruling so an entirely new appeal will be necessary. We’ll see what happens, but right now, the court could rule this unconstitutional for any district in the country, and that would be a big win for gun rights.