Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals
February 24th, 2014
04:35 PM ET
7 months ago

Justices deny review of gun-rights appeals

(CNN) – The Supreme Court for now is staying out of the hot-button issue of concealed weapons laws.

The Justices on Monday declined to review two cases brought by the National Rifle Association that deal with whether those age 18-20 can buy and then carry handguns in public for self-defense.

The justices gave no reason for denying those cases and a third gun-control appeal on out-of-state weapon transfers.

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  1. jinx9to88

    NRA is all about selling guns. Thats it!!

    February 24, 2014 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  2. Keoki Gonzales

    The 1st amendment guarantees my right to practice the religion of my choice, outside of my home, and the right to speak as I choose, outside of my home.

    The 4th amendment guarantees my right to be secure against unreasonable searches and seizures, with out probable cause, and without a search warrant, whether I am at home or in my car, outside of my home.

    So the 2nd amendment says I can defend myself in my home, but I can't defend myself when I am outside and away from home? That doesn't make much sense, does it? I don't have a police escort everywhere I go, and I do not have a personal bodyguard or security detail with me everywhere I go, outside of my home. So I should just leave the odds of something bad happening to me and my family to chance? Without the ability to protect myself or my family? That doesn't make much sense, does it?

    February 24, 2014 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  3. don in albuquerque

    Keoki

    I believe the issue is letting 18 year olds pack heat. Lets stay on subject and not try to deflect shall we. The idea of a couple of hundred guns running around concealed in high schools, or colleges just does not sound like a well thought out decision. If you feel you need a gun at 18, join the military. A SCOTUS decision well thought out this time.

    February 24, 2014 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  4. Keoki Gonzales

    don in Albuquerque,

    I would disagree with your statement. If at the age of 18, I am serving in the military, the military and the government trains and trusts me to use automatic weapons (M4 Carbine, M16 rifle, M249 SAW, M240 machine gun). But if I am not serving in the military, I cannot be trusted to carry a concealed firearm?

    Do you recall the Virginia tech shooting a few years ago? Imagine if someone had been carrying a concealed pistol on them. Do you think that all 32 of those killed that day would have been killed?

    February 24, 2014 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  5. smith

    If your under 21 you have no business carrying a handgun. The military argument is fodder since you have to serve a min. 4 year term. Meaning you be 22 yrs old when discharged. While in the service you are trained and put on duty with firearms but under 21 you cannot own a handgun.

    February 24, 2014 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  6. carlos

    I understand 2cd amendment rights, but how about my right not to be around guns. For Pete's say, you guys are talking about open carry in bars, on airplanes, in malls, in public parks, etc. , etc. Is there no end to this madness? People are walking through neighborhoods with AR-15's just because they can. Makes you want to call the cops. When is enough enough?

    February 24, 2014 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "So the 2nd amendment says I can defend myself in my home, but I can't defend myself when I am outside and away from home? "

    Oh, absolutely... I stand for your right to defend yourself outside your home. As long as you understand that 'defending yourself' does not include stalking a person in a dark neighborhood without identifying yourself and when that person feels the need to defend themselves by confronting you, that you don't then shoot them and claim to be the victim. Or you don't start blasting into the car next to you because you feel the need to defend yourself from some loud Jayzee music (or whatever- unless it is country music, then I will stand with you).

    February 24, 2014 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  8. Me

    smith

    If your under 21 you have no business carrying a handgun. The military argument is fodder since you have to serve a min. 4 year term. Meaning you be 22 yrs old when discharged. While in the service you are trained and put on duty with firearms but under 21 you cannot own a handgun.
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    Doesn't matter how long you serve, if you can handle and use a gun in the military when you are 18 why not let anyone that is 18 buy them?? That makes NO sense, 18 years olds are adults, you should be able to purchase one at the very least, I can see the concealed permit limited to 21 and older but not purchasing!!

    February 24, 2014 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  9. Gurgyl

    Ban guns altogether. Pass gun-ban laws.

    February 24, 2014 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  10. Silence DoGood

    @Keoki Gonzales
    Do you recall the Virginia tech shooting a few years ago? Imagine if someone had been carrying a concealed pistol on them. Do you think that all 32 of those killed that day would have been killed?
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    scenarios that have been show to be all possible from recent history:
    – he might have been stopped by the person with the concealed weapon (very rare based on statistics)
    – he might have not been stopped (no benefit – Columbine)
    – he might have had his legal weapon taken and used in the attack (Sandy Hook)
    – he might have been the shooter – the "someone" is shooter
    – and of course a crazy shooter is not deterred by the possibility of a good guy with a gun – he generally wants to die

    February 24, 2014 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  11. HillClimber

    The insult to America is that this idiot would even consider inflicting another period of a Bush in any office on any Citizen.
    Of course, the more pressing issue just might be whether or not the steps of making Cheney a bionic man have been completed so Cheney could run the country (into the ground) again.

    February 24, 2014 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Steve, New York City

    The NRA makes me sick. The drinking age is 21, yet they want 18 year olds to carry concealed weapons? They want everyone to be as paranoid as possible about the desire to have guns everywhere. When will the NRA stop?? Soon they'll be pushing for 5 year olds to have the permission to handle automatic weapons and fuel-air explosives.
    So what sprung up as our beloved country trying to raise a private army ahead of our war for independence has morphed into gun rights arguments that are out of control.
    Most disgusting of all is that almost no one in congress (from either party) says anything about this - they're too busy getting rich from lobbyist money and they're laughing all the way to the bank, while many Americans struggle to feed their families.

    February 24, 2014 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  13. LacrosseMom

    Strict background checks for anyone wanting to buy any weapon. IF the GOP insists on seeing ID's at polling places, we should demand the same for people buying guns.

    Also.... since the GOP want's welfare recipients drug tested, then we should demand that everyone wanting to buy a gun be tested for drugs!

    February 24, 2014 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  14. foxghostwriter

    Keoki, none of those rights are absolute. Especially the 4th.

    February 24, 2014 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  15. Notasterisk

    Another Bush running for presidency? It's like someone named "Adolf" running for Germany's Chancellor.

    February 24, 2014 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  16. underwaterops

    Bush Sr. was a good guy. A bit out of touch, but a competent business man, a good leader, and smart. His handling of the Gulf war was impeccable and rewrote the book on the subject.
    .
    Bush Jr. was a known problem during the 2000 election. He had bankrupted every company he touched. Texas did not do well under him. He had known drug abuse and alcohol abuse problems. And he traded on the family name to get where he was. Once in office he wrote the book on how not to organize government and how not to win a war.
    .
    So Jeb has a good reference and a bad reference to "help" him. Sadly, the bad reference will likely outweigh any good from Bush Sr.

    February 24, 2014 09:30 pm at 9:30 pm |
  17. notaboblehead

    Allow the 5 year olds to have handguns and they could protect themselves in kindergarten. Why infringe their right under the second amendment. The NRA needs to apply common sense. Laws to keep guns out of the hands of mentally ill may infringe on their rights but should be carefully looked into. I would forgo my right to a search with a metal detecting wand "pat down" on the streets to keep unregistered and guns without concealed carry permits off the streets and out of the hands of criminals. The pat downs in New York City worked and lowered crime until it was found to be illegal but IT WORKED! Surprise I am life member of the NRA and legally carry where allowed. but I want well thought laws to protect every one.

    February 24, 2014 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  18. jed clampett

    The resposible American gun owners need to protect themselves from loud music, texting in theaters, and have the right to profile residents in hoodies. We are a nation of paranoid laws,nd should be able to deny service to gays, who demand to eat at chrstian lunch counters. As a muslim i should be able to deny service to a lone female unless she is accompanied by her husband or an appropriate male family member.religion is our way of life and our persecution doesn't exist as long as we all follow our tenets. AZ has. It right except they only wnt it applied to their thheology. Heil Hitler

    February 25, 2014 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  19. LarryH

    Is it not obvious that "another Clinton" and "another Bush" aren't the same thing? Hillary and Bill aren't related, just happen to be married, as opposed to having first a father and then two of his sons as president. Now _that's_ a dynasty!

    February 25, 2014 03:41 am at 3:41 am |