by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
Adam Carrington of the Washington Examiner highlights high-profile cases on the U.S. Supreme Court’s docket.
Coming Supreme Court decisions may not rise to impeachment levels of excitement. But don’t let that fool you, this one will be big.
Last year, very few Supreme Court cases caught national attention, with only perhaps the census case gaining some significant coverage. Yet this term, the docket is rife with cases of massive consequence.
First, the Court will take up important litigation regarding workplace protections for the gay and transgender communities. …
… Next, the Court might take up a Second Amendment case for the first time since 2010.
In 2010, the justices ruled that the right to bears arms applied to the states. Since then, they have done little to clarify the extent of the right or the permissibility of governmental regulations. Now, that could change.
In the case the Court will hear, New York City banned transporting handguns to any shooting range or home outside city limits. But the city has since changed the law in an attempt to get the Court to drop the case. We will see if the Court does so. If not, we may finally get more guidance on the judiciary’s reading of the individual right to own firearms.
Beyond these issues, the Court also will consider another case regarding religion, Espinoza v. Montana Department of Revenue. The state of Montana has a “Blaine Amendment” that forbids taxpayer dollars from going to religious private schools. Due to that law, Montana barred students from using a tax credit scholarship program for religious schooling. The Supreme Court will determine whether doing so violates the First Amendment’s religion clauses as well as the Equal Protection Clause.
If these major cases weren’t enough, immigration, too, will make a big appearance before the justices.