J. Scott Applewhite – File / APIn this June 20, 2019, file photo, the Supreme Court is seen in Washington as a storm rolls in. (J. Scott Applewhite – File / AP)
The Supreme Court agreed on Monday to hear an appeal to expand gun rights in the United States in a New York case over the right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.
The case marks the court’s first foray into gun rights since Justice Amy Coney Barrett came on board in October, making a 6-3 conservative majority.
The justices said Monday they will review a lower-court ruling that upheld New York’s restrictive gun permit law.
The court’s action follows mass shootings in recent weeks in Indiana, Georgia, Colorado and California.
The case probably will be argued in the fall.