The Supreme Court is hearing its biggest gun rights case in nearly a decade — and it could have major implications.
A 2018 case based out of New York involving a gun owner’s right to transport their firearms is now going to be heard by the Supreme Court.
On the surface, this case may not seem all that important to some — but they would be 100 percent wrong.
The basis of this decision can (and will) serve as a precedent, so gun owners and pro-Second Amendment groups, including the NRA, and all ears on this one.
The issue at hand is if gun owners who have what is called a “premises” license can take their unloaded weapons outside of city limits.
Currently, premises licenses are far more restricting than a typical concealed carry permit.
Indeed, New Yorkers with a premises license are only permitted to transport their weapons (unloaded) to another home or shooting range within city limits.
The purpose of this type of license is to enable the individual to protect their primary residence.
But several gun owners are fighting these restrictions, claiming they violate their constitutional right to bear arms. They argue, for instance, that if you were traveling to a vacation home, the weapon technically would not be able to be transported, if that home or travel location was outside the city limits.
The same can be said if the gun owner wanted to practice at a range outside the city limits.
Taking the Case
It has been years since the Supreme Court has taken on a gun rights case, which is why the NRA is particularly interested in this case.
A ruling in favor of the restrictions could lead to further attacks on the Second Amendment by liberals, creating even more restrictive laws for law-abiding citizens.
However, if the court rules to overturn the restrictions, it will lock in a precedent that could make it difficult for liberals to take away Second Amendment rights from American citizens.
The case is currently slated for the next term, which means a decision will be handed down in June 2020 — just in time for the next presidential election.