The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a Second Amendment case about New York state's efforts to ban people from carrying firearms in public for self-defense, marking the court's first gun rights case since Justice Amy Coney Barrett joined in October.
The Supreme Court will be hearing an appeal of a ruling by a lower court that upheld New York's restrictive law against gun permits. New York is one of only eight states that prohibit people from carrying a weapon for self-defense.
According to Paul Clement, who is representing challengers to New York's permit law, the court should use the case to settle the issue once and for all.
"The nation is split, with the Second Amendment alive and well in the vast middle of the nation, and those same rights disregarded near the coasts," said Clement on behalf of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two New York residents.
The Supreme Court upheld the constitutional right of Americans to keep a gun at home for self-defense in 2008 and 2010.
Barrett previously indicated her strong support for the right to bear arms as she served as a judge on the federal appeals court in Chicago. She criticized a separate gun rights ruling, claiming it treated the Second Amendment as a "second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees."