Court sticks to its guns, once again upholds state firearm licensing laws
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today nothing the Supreme Court has said invalidates the state's requirements for gun permits, so people can't just go out and buy guns willy-nilly.
The ruling is the latest in legal volleying between our highest court and the US Supreme Court over the Second Amendment. Last year, the SJC ruled the Second Amendment doesn't apply to states. Does, too, the Supreme Court countered. Specifically, the Supreme Court vacated Jason Loadholt's conviction for illegal gun possession and ordered the SJC to think things over.
The SJC thought it over and concluded that while the Supreme Court has decided the Second Amendment includes state jurisdictions, its recent Second Amendment decisions do not rule out regulations on the possession of guns. So Massachusetts gun-control laws - which require a permit or license to own or carry a firearm - still apply, and Loadholt had no business challenging the constitutionality of the laws because he never sought a permit in the first place.
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