Supreme Court’s recent decision to not hear a gun rights case sets a bad precedent
Gun rights advocates had been following New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. City of New York pretty closely in early 2020. The case was about a law in New York that forbid transporting guns outside the city unless the owner was taking them to an approved gun range. Advocates had challenged the law in the lower courts without any success. Then the Supreme Court agreed to review the case, and most legal experts agreed that the case was likely going to result in striking down the New York law. This would have ended up limiting many restrictions against guns across the nation in a permanently binding decision, limiting all future judges across the nation, even the Supreme Court Justices themselves.
So, guess what the politicians in New York did? As soon as the Supreme Court took the case, they repealed their own law and had their lawyers argue that the case was “moot,” or that it no longer mattered. After all, the Supreme Court has longheld policy is to rule only in active controversies.
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