The Supreme Court has denied cert — that is, refused to hear an appeal — in a case involving a New York law that tightened restrictions on conceal/carry gun permits. The appeals court upheld the gun control law and the plaintiffs had hoped that the court would take the case and overturn that decision.
The justices on Monday declined to hear a challenge to a strict New York law that makes it difficult for residents to get a license to carry a concealed handgun in public.
The court did not comment in turning away an appeal from five state residents and the Second Amendment Foundation. Their lawsuit also drew support from the National Rifle Association and 20 states.
After the Supreme Court ruled a few years ago in Heller v DC that the Second Amendment does confer an individual right to own guns, gun control advocates feared that this would doom such restrictions in the future. But as this decision suggests, that really isn’t the case. The court went out of its way to say that merely because there is a right to own guns does not mean that there can be no restrictions on that right if they can be rationally justified as furthering a clear governmental interest. They did not spell out a specific set of possible restrictions that might be found constitutional, which would have been highly unusual, but since that ruling they have not overturned any state gun control laws.