Supreme Court won't hear New York gun law challenge

The justices declined to review the state's strict law limiting concealed carry

By Jillian Rayfield

Published April 15, 2013 4:52PM (EDT)

The Supreme Court declined on Monday to hear a challenge to a New York gun law that places stricter limitations on concealed carry permits.

The lawsuit, which was brought by the Second Amendment Foundation and supported by 20 states, objected to the requirement that residents show that they have a specific need to carry concealed in public. The NRA called it “a de facto ban on carrying a handgun outside the home.”

From the New York Times:

In November, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, in New York, upheld the law. California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey have similar laws.

In 2008, the Supreme Court ruled for the first time that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to own guns, and it struck down a District of Columbia law that barred keeping guns in homes for self-defense.

Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at

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