March 15, 2018

Legal Fact Check explores courts' approach to gun control legislation

WASHINGTON, March 15, 2018 — The National Rifle Association filed suit on Friday seeking to block Florida’s new gun control law from taking effect. The action raises questions of how federal courts have dealt with challenges to state and local gun restrictions. As you prepare or edit stories on this case or other gun-related issues, a new ABA Legal Fact Check posted today might be helpful in your reporting and editing.

The item explores court decisions during the past decade, starting with the 2008 U.S. Supreme Court 5-4 opinion that found that the Second Amendment protected an individual’s right to have a firearm in one’s home. But since then, the Supreme Court has avoided the opportunity to define additional parameters of that right, leaving interpretation of its landmark decision to lower federal courts.

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