The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear two NRA sponsored appeals that affirm federal and state restrictions on gun purchases.
According to Reuters, one law challenged by the NRA in Texas barred anyone between the ages of 18 and 20 from obtaining a permit to carry a handgun in public. The lawsuit also wanted courts to consider whether or not the Second Amendment covered the public bearing of arms in general.
The other NRA-backed lawsuit challenged a 1968 federal law that prohibits gun dealers from selling handguns and ammunition to individuals under 21 years of age.
Both of these laws were upheld by US Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and remain intact after Monday’s decision.
The Supreme Court also declined to hear challenges to another federal law, which forbids the transport of firearms between states.
Despite these decisions, the Supreme Court is still expected to rule on the wider issue of public gun rights sooner rather than later. As noted by USA Today, although lower courts have generally upheld restrictions on carrying concealed weapons, a three-judge panel on the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently struck down a California law in a way that makes Supreme Court action more likely in the future.
According to the Washington Times, the San Diego, California, law mandated that anyone applying for concealed-carry permit was required to prove they needed a gun for their personal safety by demonstrating “good cause.”
“The Second Amendment does require that the states permit some form of carry for self-defense outside the home,” the court panel ruled. “States may not destroy the right to bear arms in public under the guise of regulating it.”
On another note – NRA strategy is becoming questionable…I mean, NEVER bring a kid to a gun battle – RIGHT? Even though facts may be true, using kids in an ad campaign is a LOSE-LOSE proposition!
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