Supreme Court’s Bruen decision on guns sparks Senate action
Members of the Senate are focusing on gun rights in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision last year. But Republicans and Democrats are taking very different approaches.
First to recap – the Bruen decision overturned a New York State Law that required unrestricted concealed carry license applicants show a need for self defense. The Justices ruled 6-3 that the law is unconstitutional. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote it violated the second amendment by prohibiting citizens from exercising their right to bear arms in public for self defense.
Under the leadership of Democrats, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing in which they expressed concern about the new test the Bruen decision established to determine if a gun law is constitutional.
Durbin: “Under the new Bruen historical test, judges decide not whether a law reasonably protects public safety but whether the law resembles laws that were in place In 1791 or 1868. In 1791 we were talking about muzzle loading muskets.”
Republicans meanwhile introduced a bill that would codify Bruen into federal law, and allow both private individuals and public entities to sue if they believe a law violates Bruen.
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.: “There’s nothing in the second amendment about you can own a gun in your home and nowhere else. So the New York law made it impossible to own a weapon to defend yourself outside your home.”
The Respect for the Second Amendment Act is co-sponsored by every Republican on the Judiciary committee, but because Democrats control the Senate, it doesn’t have a chance at being approved. Straight from DC, I’m Ray Bogan.