Supreme Court Defers to Second Circuit in 2A Case

New gun control laws in New York raise constitutional questions.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court deferred to the Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals on New York state gun laws, allowing the legal process to unfold. The appellate court had lifted a pause on enforcement of the law after a federal district judge had struck down most of its provisions a month earlier. 

Justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito attached a letter to the short order, which said the New York law “presents novel and serious questions under both the First and Second Amendments.” The two justices also stated the Supreme Court’s denial in no way expressed “any view on the merits” of the challenges brought by the proponents of firearms. Instead, they said, it was to “reflect respect for the Second Circuit’s procedures in managing its own docket.” 

Four cases are challenging the gun laws in New York, which the Second Circuit will hear on March 20. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For judges of the Second Circuit who will be hearing and considering the constitutionality of the New York laws.
  • For the justices of the Supreme Court as they determine which cases they should hear and which should be referred back to lower courts.
  • For state legislators to uphold and adhere to the Constitution as they create and pass laws in their states.

Sources: Washington Examiner, The Hill 


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