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Supreme Court refuses to hear three gun-related cases

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The Supreme Court on Monday made their stand quite clear on rejecting three challenges to federal and state gun control laws.

The Court refused to hear the challenge brought by none other than the NRA to a Texas law that prevents 18-20-year-olds from carrying handguns in public. This, in turn, brought broader questions to the challenge including whether there is a broad right under the Second Amendment to bear arms in public.

In the second challenge also brought by the NRA, the politically divisive organization, questioned whether federal laws and regulations, dating back to 1968, that make it illegal for firearms dealers to sell guns or ammunition to anyone under 21.

And lastly, a third case concerning the narrow question of whether consumers have the legal right to challenge laws that regulate the sale of firearms. It challenges the federal law that restricts the interstate transport of guns. It is related to a Virginia law and filed by District of Columbia residents who wished to obtain guns in neighboring Virginia.

The Court’s refusal to hear the three cases speaks volumes for their legal stance. It is a victory for the individual and also the individual states to determine their own destiny away from the federal government’s binding powers.

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