High court weighs taking up new case on gun rights

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

A day after the Senate voted to begin debate on new gun control measures, the Supreme Court is expected to consider a new appeal aimed at loosening state restrictions on firearms.

The justices are meeting in private Friday to discuss an appeal of a federal court ruling that upheld New York's strict licensing scheme for carrying concealed weapons in public, among other cases.

The National Rifle Association and 20 states are backing an appeal by five New York residents who claim that the state law violates their constitutional gun rights. The challenge comes nearly five years after a landmark Supreme Court decision in favor of gun rights - and four months after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in Newtown, Conn.

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