The US Supreme Court on December 2 began hearing its first gun-rights case in a decade. The case takes aim at a regulation that had prevented licensed owners from taking their handguns to other homes or shooting ranges outside the confines of New York City. The regulation was amended in July to allow for such transport.
The case assumes significance amidst growing demands in the country to tweak gun rights in light of an increasing number of unprovoked mass shootings targeting innocents. Most shootings have been carried out with legitimately owned weapons.
The politically influential gun-rights lobby group in the country, however, asserts that regulations on guns violate the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.