Supreme Court refuses to dismiss New York gun rights case

The Supreme Court will hear a Second Amendment case involving handgun regulations in New York City, rejecting a request from city officials to dismiss the case because the rules under dispute changed.

Instead, the court said Monday the question of whether the case is moot will be “subject to further consideration at oral argument,” and attorneys representing three New York City gun owners and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, as well as city officials, should be prepared to discuss the issue then.

The justices are scheduled to hear arguments in the case Dec. 2, and the challenge to the New York City regulations marks the first Second Amendment case the Supreme Court will hear in nearly a decade.

Three New York City handgun owners and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenged the city rules, which placed restrictions on where licensed firearms owners could transport their unloaded and locked handguns. Under the regulations, gun owners could keep their handguns in their homes or take them to one of seven shooting ranges located in the city but were barred from transporting the firearms outside of city limits. The gun owners said the regulations violated their Second Amendment right.

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