Crucial 2A Case Turned Away By Supreme Court

( – In a disappointing outcome to conservatives, the US Supreme Court has decided not to review a case involving a ban on specific semiautomatic firearms on Tuesday, with Associate Justice Clarence Thomas commenting on the decision.

Various organizations advocating for Second Amendment rights, such as Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the National Association for Gun Rights (NAGR), initiated legal challenges against legislation that prohibited several types of semiautomatic weapons in January 2023, The Daily Caller reports.

Although Justice Thomas did not align with Associate Justice Samuel Alito in advocating for the court to hear these cases immediately, he emphasized the importance of revisiting them once they have been fully adjudicated.

“This Court is rightly wary of taking cases in an interlocutory posture. But, I hope we will consider the important issues presented by these petitions after the cases reach final judgment. We have never squarely addressed what types of weapons are ‘Arms’ protected by the Second Amendment.,” Thomas expressed.

“To be sure, we explained in District of Columbia v. Heller, that the Second Amendment’s protection ‘extends, prima facie, to all instruments that constitute bearable arms, even those that were not in existence at the time of the founding.’ And, we noted that ‘the Second Amendment does not protect those weapons not typically possessed by law-abiding citizens for lawful purposes,’ recognizing ‘the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons.’ But, this minimal guidance is far from a comprehensive framework for evaluating restrictions on types of weapons, and it leaves open essential questions such as what makes a weapon ‘bearable,’ ‘dangerous,’ or ‘unusual,’” the conservative justice elaborated.

The term “assault weapons” is often used by proponents of gun control to advocate for the prohibition of certain semi-automatic firearms that visually resemble fully automatic weapons.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation reported that as of July 2022, there are over 24 million “modern sporting rifles,” including the AR-15, in circulation.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report Data Explorer, rifles were involved in 489 homicides in 2022.

In comparison, knives were used in 1,216 homicides, unspecified weapons in 653, and personal weapons such as hands, fists, and feet in 593 killings.

“If the Seventh Circuit ultimately allows Illinois to ban America’s most common civilian rifle, we can—and should—review that decision once the cases reach a final judgment. The Court must not permit ‘the Seventh Circuit [to] relegat[e] the Second Amendment to a second-class right,’” Thomas concluded.

Copyright 2024,