The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear a case that contended the Second Amendment protects the right to carry a gun in public. The denial of this petition had no comments. Because there were no comments to the denied petition, there is no way to know why the Supreme Court chose not to get involved in this controversy.
The case is Kachalsky v. Cacace. The issues presented to the Supreme Court were:
- Whether the Second Amendment secures a right to carry handguns for self-defense outside the home; and
- Whether state officials violate the Second Amendment by denying handgun carry licenses to responsible, law-abiding adults for lack of “proper cause” to bear arms for self-defense.
The Second Circuit Court of Appeals (Kachalsky v. County of Westchester, 701 F.3d 81 (2d. Cir. 2012)) affirmed the district court’s decision to grant summary judgment to the State. The district court found that the plaintiffs lacked standing to sue. The district court concluded that carrying concealed weapons in public is “outside of the core of the Second Amendment concern.” Alternatively, the district court also concluded that the “proper cause” requirement would survive the scrutiny under the Second Amendment.
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