By: Teresa Mull

For the first time since 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning the Second Amendment.

NYSRPA v. Corlett (New York State Rile and Pistol Association) challenges the state’s rule that to be granted a permit to carry concealed, a person must first show “proper cause” to carry a gun.

The question the court has agreed to hear argument for is: “Whether the state’s denial of petitioners’ applications for concealed-carry licenses for self-defense violated the Second Amendment.”

According to the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC), “Should the Supreme Court rule favorably for the right to carry, we could be looking at the obliteration of carry restrictions across America.”

“The Supreme Court’s taking this case is an encouraging sign that it may begin to address the scope of the right to bear arms outside of the home, as well as the mode of analysis that lower courts should apply when reviewing Second Amendment cases,” Adam Kraut, FPC’s Senior Director of Legal Operations, said in a press release. “As we argued to the Court in our brief, it is time to restore the Second Amendment’s first-class right status and put an end to lower courts’ unfavorable treatment of this fundamental human right.”

Teresa Mull ( is editor of Gunpowder Magazine.