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Supreme Court agrees to take up gun case regarding right to carry for self-defense

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Posted at 10:04 AM, Apr 26, 2021

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.

The case will be argued in the fall and marks the court’s first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett came on board in October, making a 6-3 conservative majority.

The justices said Monday they'll review a lower-court ruling that upheld New York’s restrictive gun permit law.

New York is among eight states that limit who has the right to carry a weapon in public. The others are: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

According to Reuters, the last time the Supreme Court issued a landmark ruling on gun rights came in 2008, when it recognized for the first time an individual's right to keep guns at home for self-defense. It later applied that right to states in 2010.