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The headlines across the national media news cycle proved decidedly negative for Second Amendment advocates Monday. The Supreme Court declined to rule on the New York City gun restriction prohibiting transporting firearms. The City struck the ordinance when it became clear it was headed to a SCOTUS decision.

Will SCOTUS Deliver a 2A Win This Year?

The New York City ordinance prevented law-abiding gun owners from legally transporting firearms to all but a very few approved locales. New York residents, along with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, took on NYC. But the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the ordinance. The case then finally headed to the Supreme Court, which prompted New York City to back off the regulations. The ruse proved quite simple: New York City officials didn’t want a Supreme Court decision.

“Since then, the NYPD has made limited changes to the law. These will allow residents who hold valid premises handgun licenses to transport their handguns to an approved small arms range/shooting club or to a second residence located outside the City, provided that the licensee is legally authorized to possess the handgun in such places; the gun remains unloaded, in a locked container; and the travel is ‘continuous and uninterrupted’ between one authorized location and another. These changes were a direct response to the Supreme Court’s decision to weigh in on the constitutionality of the licensing scheme,” reported nraila.org.

Supreme Court Calls Case Moot

Unfortunately, with a vote of 6-3, the Supreme Court said the case was indeed moot Monday. New York City repealed the law. And across the country, 2A opponents chalked the decision up to a win for gun control. But not so fast. According to the Second Amendment Foundation, four cases remain pending, each of which could provide the opportunity for important SCOTUS decisions. One could potentially involve state and federal judges properly applying the Heller and McConald rulings.

“The court should address that issue soon, perhaps in one of the several Second Amendment cases with petitions for certiorari now pending before the Court,” Justice Brent Kavanaugh wrote, according to an SAF release.

“The Second Amendment Foundation currently has four cases pending before the Supreme Court that could serve that purpose,” SAF Executive Vide President Alan M. Gottlieb said. “And we hope that one or all of these cases gets heard and gives notice to lower courts that they can no longer thumb their noses at the prior rulings that protect Second Amendment rights.”

Indeed, with the Court in our favor, now is the time to press the initiative.

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