For the first time in nearly a decade, the Supreme Court is taking another look at the Second Amendment. Three firearms owners sued the City of New York, claiming that its firearms licensing requirements violate the Second Amendment, the commerce clause, and the right to travel.

What sorts of limitations can be imposed on the right to bear arms? Prof. Josh Blackman of the South Texas College of Law discusses whether New York City’s permit licensing regime violates the Constitution, or if the issue is mooted by the repeal of the law in question. Oral argument is December 2, 2019. 

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Related Links & Differing Views:

SCOTUSblog: “New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York

Harvard Law Review Blog: “The Supreme Court is Poised to Blow A Giant Hole in Gun Control. Here’s How the Liberal Justices Can Intervene.”

ThinkProgress: “The battle to save gun control by destroying it”

National Review: “New York City’s Dishonest Attempt to Squelch a Gun-Rights Lawsuit”

The Federalist Society: “Courthouse Steps Preview: New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York”