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Supreme Court Will Consider Right to Carry Handgun in Public

  • Justices to consider New York’s restrictions on carry licenses
  • It will be court’s first major gun-rights decision in a decade

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The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a major new Second Amendment dispute, agreeing to use a New York case to consider whether the government must let most people carry a handgun in public for self-defense.

With the nation reeling from series of mass shootings, the justices said they will take up an appeal by a National Rifle Association affiliate and two people who say the state is violating their constitutional rights by issuing concealed-carry licenses only to those who can show a special need for protection.