June 17, 2020
In its 2008 ruling in Heller v. District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court reversed decades of precedent, and held that the Second Amendment protects the right to possess firearms for one’s protection in one’s home. Ever since, gun rights activists have been pushing to have that right extended.
They’re not having much luck.
First, in a 6-3 decision earlier this session, the Court sent a challenge to the constitutionality of New York City’s ban on the transport of handguns outside the city back to the lower court without ruling on whether the ban was constitutional, holding that the issue was moot since the city has changed the rule last year.
Then, yesterday, the court announced it was not going to accept certiorari on any of the ten Second Amendment-related appeals that had been filed, including one challenging New Jersey’s near-total ban on carrying a firearm in public.
Since the court rarely gives its reason for not accepting an appeal, it would be mere speculation to provide an explanation, but it would appear that there does not presently exist a majority on the court that wishes to extend the Second Amendment beyond the confines of Heller.
Now is as good a time as any, I suppose, to remind my gentle readers that the single most important issue in any Presidential election is judicial nominations in general, and Supreme Court nominations in specific.