by Mitch Kokai
Senior Political Analyst, John Locke Foundation
The Supreme Court will confront a range of gun rights cases in the coming months, as the nation reels from brutal mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, that left over 30 people dead.
Matters now pending before the justices include a dispute over New York City’s gun transportation regulations, challenges to permitting laws in Massachusetts and New Jersey, and a lawsuit victims of the Sandy Hook massacre brought against gun giant Remington Arms.
Though the Second Amendment area is rich with opportunity for the Court’s newly-entrenched conservative majority, the justices may choose to follow a quieter course given recent events, particularly since the coming term is heavy on politically salient cases like gay rights and the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.
The high court may hear its first Second Amendment case since 2010 when the justices return in October. At issue is a New York City ordinance governing the transportation of firearms. The rule authorizes licensed gun-owners to carry firearms to one of seven gun ranges, and prohibits them from moving their weapons beyond city limits. …
… A coalition of gun rights groups are waging a concerted campaign against so-called “good cause” permitting regimes. Such systems require applicants to convince public officials of their unique need to carry a firearm in order to obtain a concealed carry license or some such similar permit.
Two lawsuits pending before the high court challenge New Jersey’s “good cause” permitting law, which requires applicants to prove they have a “justifiable need” to carry a weapon.