The Supreme Court was sent a legal challenge with major consequences
The U.S. Supreme Court has been very busy with huge cases recently. Another one is on the horizon.
Because the Supreme Court has been sent a legal challenge with major consequences.
Back in June of 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down to absolutely massive rulings that changed America forever.
The most discussed ruling certainly was the Dobbs ruling that effectively saw Roe v. Wade overturned and sent the issue of abortion back to the states to handle in lieu of a law passed by Congress.
But another case was ruled on by the High Court that month that had a massive immediate impact on American life that was largely ignored.
That was the Bruen case the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen case that re-established and reiterated rights that are guaranteed by the Second Amendment for all American citizens.
The Supreme Court ruled in a 6-3 decision that New York could not ask New York citizens to provide a legitimate reason for wanting to obtain a firearm permit.
If the Court had said nothing else, that would’ve been a major ruling alone. But the Court also said in its majority opinion that the reason the New York law requiring citizens to provide a reason to obtain a permit was unconstitutional was because it violated the right to bear arms.
This effectively required that all legislative bodies in the country would need to pass laws that never infringe on the Second Amendment individual right to bear arms.
Fast forward to today and in Michigan, Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer has signed two major laws that could be making their way to the Supreme Court.
The first law will require anyone who doesn’t have a gun license to face a federal background check before being allowed to buy a gun.
This background check is on top of the state background checks that anyone seeking to buy a gun must pass.
Secondly, the Michigan law will require anyone “living with minors” to lock their firearms away so only they can access them, as well as any ammunition.
Tom Lambert, the legislative director for the non-profit organization Michigan Open Carry said that the laws violate the Supreme Court’s 2022 Bruen ruling.
“I promise you that it will be challenged,” Lambert said in regards to the Michigan laws.
Democrats in Michigan are praising the laws, but they may be celebrating too early.
The U.S. Supreme Court could easily bring this bill under scrutiny and argue that it is unconstitutional based on its previous rulings.
Firstly, requiring Michigan citizens to get an additional federal background check on top of the state level one presents two constitutional problems.
The conservative Justices might view that additional background check as a violation of privacy rights that U.S. citizens have. Americans don’t have to have their information shared with the federal government if they don’t want to, especially information on what guns they own.
Secondly, requiring gun owners to obey new “safety” laws could be argued as another violation of privacy on the right of all Americans to bear arms.
It seems as though the Supreme Court will have to weigh in on this one in some way in the coming months and years.
Stay tuned to Prudent Politics.