Five Gun Rights Cases to Watch: What the Courts Still Have to Decide about the Second Amendment

The Supreme Court ruled in the 2008 case D.C. v. Heller that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess weapons—or at least commonly used weapons—in the home. In 2010’s McDonald v. Chicago,, the Court found that states and localities were also barred from violating that right. But those landmark rulings left unsettled a host of important questions about how, when, and why the government can regulate or restrict gun rights. The Court has recently plucked a handful of Second Amendment cases from the submissions pile, asking for responses from the relevant parties. This suggests a potential interest in clarifying Heller and McDonald. Here are five important cases that could expand Second Amendment liberty and clarify some of the core issues left unresolved. Two of them have filed certiorari petitions with the Supreme Court, though whether they’ll be taken up remains to be seen.

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