The U.S. Supreme Court disappointed gun-rights advocates last month by refusing to hear three lower court rulings rejecting challenges to federal and state gun-control laws. Petitioners, which included the National Rifle Association, were seeking to overturn laws they contend are in conflict with the high court's rulings in 2008 upholding the right to gun ownership for self-defense within the home (District of Columbia v. Heller) and in 2010 extending that right to states and localities (McDonald v. City of Chicago). "Given the number of laws enacted by the federal government, states, and localities in the years when a mistaken understanding of the Second Amendment held sway, one would have expected a major reconsideration of extant firearms laws to have occurred," one of the petitions stated. "Instead, jurisdictions have engaged in massive resistance to the clear import of those landmark decisions, and the lower federal courts, long out of the habit of taking the Second Amendment seriously, have largely facilitated the resistance." But the justices were unmoved, rejecting challenges to a Texas law barring 18-20-year-olds from carrying handguns in public; Virginia and federal laws restricting the interstate transport of guns; and federal laws prohibiting firearm dealers from selling guns or ammunition to anyone under the age of 21. (REUTERS, WASHINGTON POST)
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