Gun Control Challenge Heard by U.S. Supreme Court
By Chris Eger
The nation’s highest court heard arguments directly over gun rights for the first time in a decade this week. (Photo: Chris Eger/Guns.com)
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday heard arguments from New York officials anxious to scrap a challenge to the City’s restrictive gun laws.
The plaintiffs, NYC gun owners who argue the city’s “premises permit” scheme, which drastically restricted the ability to leave one’s premises with a firearm, is unconstitutional, were represented by a team led by Paul Clement, a former United States Solicitor General. Also arguing on their behalf was Jeffrey Wall, current Principal Deputy Solicitor General for the U.S. Justice Department.
Seeking to get the case rendered moot was attorney Richard Dearing, an attorney for the city.
While the city’s restriction on taking firearms from an owner’s licensed premises to a second home or shooting range outside of the city was previously upheld by lower and appellate courts, the Supreme Court agreed in January to hear a further challenge to the law — the first such move by the court on a major gun case since 2010. This triggered a response by New York City officials to try to short circuit the case while local and state lawmakers repealed the restriction,