From the beginning, the Supreme Court has allowed state officials to restrict access to firearms.
The Supreme Court, in a case known as Heller, ruled in 2009 that the Second Amendment protects a right to keep and bear arms, but that the right to bear arms is not absolute.
A ruling against the Obama administration would likely be a major setback for the Second Amendments movement, as the court has long held that it can’t make blanket rules against certain types of gun laws.
“The Second Amendment guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to bear firearms in self-defense, and we will defend that right,” said Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for the court in Heller.
“But we will not allow a State to restrict lawful gun ownership solely because of race, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, or any other factor.”
The Heller case, which went on to define a broad category of “law-abiding gun owner,” had the support of the National Rifle Association.
“I believe that the Heller case provides clear guidance on the scope of Second Amendment protection and that states have no choice but to enforce their own laws, as they have always done,” said NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre.
The Heller ruling was part of a trend of Supreme Court decisions that upheld gun control laws in a number of cases.
But a ruling against states that are making it more difficult to carry guns would be a blow to the gun rights movement.
“It’s an absolutely critical step forward,” said Chris Cox, executive director of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.
“This ruling is a huge step forward for states and the people of America.
This is a victory for gun rights, and it is a win for the American people.
We look forward to the Supreme Courts next decision.”