The U.S. Supreme Court is weighing whether to consider striking down state laws that limit who can carry a gun in public.
Gun rights advocates asked the court to strike down a New York law that requires gun owners to prove a "special need for self-protection" to obtain "concealed carry" permits.
They argue it violates their 2nd Amendment rights. The court could announce on Monday whether it will hear the case, the Los Angeles Times reports.
The 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller focused on the right for people to keep firearms in their homes. But it did not address how the Second Amendment protects gun rights when they are out in public.
"This case could be more important than Heller," UCLA law professor Adam Winkler told the Times. "The biggest unanswered question about the 2nd Amendment is whether people have a right to carry guns in public."
California, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York have laws saying gun owner need to show a "proper cause" or "good cause" to obtain a permit to carry a gun, the Times reports.
Via the Los Angeles Times