WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Monday declined to hear a 2nd Amendment challenge to a New York law that strictly limits who can carry a gun in public, leaving states and cities, at least for now, with broad authority to regulate guns outside of homes.
Without comment, the justices let stand an appeals court ruling that interpreted the 2nd Amendment as protecting only the right to have a weapon at home.
The high court’s action leaves in doubt the extent of the individual “right to bear arms” protected by the 2nd Amendment.
In a pair of decisions in 2008 and 2010, the Supreme Court struck down ordinances in Washington and Chicago that prohibited all private possession of handguns. However, the justices did not address whether the 2nd Amendment also protected gun owners who want to carry a weapon in public.