The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to consider a gun-rights case addressing the extent to which the Second Amendment protects Americans’ right to carry concealed firearms outside the home for self-defense.
NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Corlett challenges the New York state requirement that individuals show “proper cause” to carry a gun, a rule that is often cited when applicants are denied the right to carry.
The case marks the first time in over a decade that the nation’s top court has agreed to step into the Second Amendment debate. The last time occurred in 2008 with District of Columbia v. Heller, which determined Americans have a constitutionally protected right to keep a handgun at home for self defense.
Justice Clarence Thomas has criticized his colleagues on the court for their refusal to hear similar cases in the past, saying, “The right to keep and bear arms is apparently this Court’s constitutional orphan…”