America’s highest court began deciding whether to strike down New York’s gun permit law on Nov. 3.
The U.S. Supreme Court heard different arguments about whether the Empire State’s prohibition on carrying concealed firearms in public violates the Second Amendment.
The regulation, which took effect in 1913, requires gun owners to apply for a license and show “adequate cause”–or a real need–to carry a weapon in public.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association hopes the court will uphold every American’s right to “keep and bear arms.”
“The Constitution enshrines not just a homebound right to keep arms but a right to bear them outside the home, where the need for self-defense is acute,” lawyers for the plaintiffs said according to Fox News.
If a 6-3 conservative judicial majority rules in favor of the association, gun carrying rights could be expanded across the Big Apple to include subway, bars, stadiums, and other crowded places according to the Associated Press.
The Supreme Court previously ruled individuals have the right to bear arms at home back in 2008.
New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood (D) and other gun control advocates prefer to blame the weapon instead of the operator, for shootings. They suggest nobody would be injured or killed if everyone surrenders their firearm.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito (R) disagrees with this view. He believes many average, working Americans are already at risk of gun violence from those who illegally carry firearms on subways and other public property.
The court is expected to make a final ruling in June 2022.