SCOTUS hears arguments in major Second Amendment case

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through a metal baracade on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a gun rights case that centers on New York’s restrictive gun permit law and whether limits the state has placed on carrying a gun in public violate the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen through a metal baracade on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021. The Supreme Court is set to hear arguments in a gun rights case that centers on New York’s restrictive gun permit law and whether limits the state has placed on carrying a gun in public violate the Second Amendment. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

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The Supreme Court is hearing arguments in what many consider to be the most significant Second Amendment case in over a decade. Justices considered New York’s so-called “proper cause law” on Wednesday, which requires applicants to demonstrate a special need for self-defense to qualify for an unrestricted concealed carry license.

Paul Clement, a former U.S. solicitor general representing two New York residents who were denied unrestricted carry licenses, argued the law violates the Second Amendment in that citizens need to satisfy a government official to exercise their constitutional right.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh said that it seems inconsistent with an objective constitutional right if it’s dependent upon the discretion of an individual licensing officer.

“On the standard particular to them, why isn’t it good enough to say ‘I live in a violent area and I want to be able to defend myself?'” asked the Supreme Court Justice.

A decision in the case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, is expected in the summer of 2022.

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