As long as there are guns there will be litigation to contest any controls, minor or major, that are attempted by cities, states or the federal government.

There is a major case that will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court over whether and to what degree states and cities can restrict the right to carry guns outside the home. The case is a review of New York City regulations that curtail the transportation of guns. There have been decisions that said the Second Amendment allows people to keep handguns in their homes for self-defense.

The issue is the right to have a gun in public. That is the main issue the court will rule on. This issue has far-reaching implications.

The New York City regulations prohibit the carrying of a licensed, locked and unloaded handgun outside the city limits. The court will hear the appeal by three New York residents and New York’s National Rifle Association affiliate, which could signal a revived interest in gun rights by a more conservative court. The case will not be argued until October. The Supreme Court previously had rejected several appeals. It will be the court’s first gun rights case it has heard in nine years.

Joining in support of gun rights, 17 states said the court should break its long silence and use the case to define the scope of gun rights under the Constitution, and the level of scrutiny, or skepticism, judges should apply to gun laws.

New York’s ordinance allows people licensed to have handguns to carry them outside the home to gun ranges in the city. The guns must be locked and unloaded. The plaintiffs want to practice shooting at target ranges outside the city or take their guns to second homes elsewhere in New York state.

Lower courts had rejected the challenge to the city ordinance.

We don’t think there ever will be an end to gun arguments and litigation in the courts. It’s a forever issue!