On Monday, the Supreme Court left gun owners in doubt as to whether or not they have a right to carry a weapon in public because of the Second Amendment.
With no comment or dissent, the highest court in the U.S. turned down the challenge made by gun rights activists to a law in New York that limits those who can carry a weapon legally when on the streets of New York.
To obtain a permit for a “concealed carry” a New York resident must convince his or her county official that there is a special need for being protected that is beyond just working or living in an area high in crime.
Just one tenth of 1% of all New Yorkers have permits to carry concealed weapons, compared to over 6% in states nearby such as Pennsylvania and Connecticut, the court heard.
Several people who are gun owners who were turned down for their concealed carry permit sued the state, arguing that the Second Amendment gave them the right to carry a weapon for their own self-defense.
Instead of hearing the appeal, the Supreme Court let stand the ruling made by a federal appeals court that states have a broad authority to regulate firearms in public.
The Attorney General of New York said the Court’s decision keeps the state’s effective and sensible regulations for concealed handguns, in place. The AG called it a victory for all families throughout New York who are concerned about gun violence.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision to not hear the appeal is not equal to a legal precedent, and no explanation by the justices was given for turning down the case.