On Monday, the Supreme Court agreed to hear a major Second Amendment case regarding rights to carry in public, according to CNBC.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Keith Corlett, No. 20-843, involves individuals challenging a New York law requiring individuals to show "proper cause" in order to receive a permit for the open carry of a handgun.
Robert Nash and Brandon Koch are the individuals bringing the suit. Both individuals applied for concealed carry permits for self-defense and were denied. A district court ruled that neither individual had faced “any special or unique danger to [their] life,” and therefore did not warrant issuance of a permit. A federal appeals court upheld the district court's decision.
In their case to the Supreme Court, the men are arguing that New York law is unconstitutional based on the precedents of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. “As this Court made clear in both Heller and McDonald, the Second Amendment, at its core, guarantees a right to keep and bear arms for self-defense,” said the case. “Like the threats that might precipitate a need to act in self-defense, that individual and fundamental right necessarily extends beyond the four walls of one’s home.”
There has been growing scrutiny of gun laws in the United States as mass shootings continue to happen.