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Supreme Court takes up major guns case over right to carry in public

Members of the media set up in front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington.

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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major Second Amendment dispute that could settle whether the Constitution protects a right to carry guns in public.

The decision, announced in an order, comes as President Joe Biden faces pressure from activists to take action to limit the availability of high-powered weapons amid outcries over mass shootings.

Those in favor of increased gun control measures have expressed concern that the nation’s top court, which has a 6-3 majority of Republican appointees, could expand the reach of the Second Amendment.

The Supreme Court has previously held that the Second Amendment protects the individual right to carry a gun for self-defense inside the home.

Last year, it declined to issue a substantial ruling in its first major Second Amendment case in a decade.

The case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v.  Keith Corlett, No. 20-843. A decision is expected by the summer of 2022.

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