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Demonstrators gather as U.S. Supreme Court hears major gun case

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Arguments began at the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday in a legal battle over a New York City handgun ordinance - a closely watched case that could give the court’s conservative majority a chance to expand gun rights.

The nine justices were hearing arguments in the first major gun case to come before the high court since 2010. The legal challenge, backed by the influential National Rifle Association gun rights lobby group, takes aim at a regulation - which has since been amended - that had prevented licensed owners from taking their handguns outside the confines of the most-populous U.S. city.

Three local handgun owners and the New York state affiliate of the NRA - a national lobby group closely aligned with President Donald Trump and other Republicans - have argued that the regulation violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.

2nd Dec 2019


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