The arguments begin in the US Supreme Court. UU. In an important case of arms rights

(Add start of arguments) By Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 (Reuters) - Arguments began in the US Supreme Court on Monday in a legal battle over a New York City firearms ordinance, a closely guarded case that could be given to the majority. conservative court the opportunity to expand gun rights. The nine judges heard arguments in the first major arms case that was filed before the high court since 2010. The legal challenge, backed by the influential arms rights lobby of the National Rifle Association, points to a regulation, which since then it has been amended, which had prevented licensed owners from taking their guns out of the confines of the most populous city in the United States. Three local firearms owners and the NRA subsidiary in New York State, a national pressure group closely aligned with President Donald Trump and other Republicans, argued that the regulation violated the right of the Second Amendment to the Constitution of the United States to maintain and bear arms. The New York City regulation was amended in July to loosen the restrictions in question in the case, but the Supreme Court chose to continue the arguments anyway. The judges have said that they will consider during the arguments the affirmation of the city that the change in regulation has made the matter debatable. Outside the white marble courthouse, hundreds of arms control supporters held a demonstration and carried posters that included some readings, why are weapons easier to buy than a college education? Gun laws save lives and the 2nd written Amendment before assault weapons were invented. They described armed violence as a public health crisis. Maryland resident Christina Young said that such laws should reflect modern society, including mass shootings. I have an 11 year old daughter. I never had to worry about guns at my school as a child, Young said. In the midst of the crowd, a defender of gun rights raised a large bill demanding the rights of the Second Amendment. Gun control advocates have expressed concern that the court, with a conservative majority of 5-4, can use the legal battle over the now amended regulation, unique in a city, to issue a ruling that extends gun rights in all the country. Such a decision could jeopardize a variety of firearms restrictions approved in recent years by state and local governments across the country, including expanded background checks and confiscations of weapons from people that a court has deemed dangerous, According to these defenders. The dispute centers on the licensing of firearms premises in New York City that allowed holders to transport their firearms only to a handful of firing ranges within the city and to hunting areas in other parts of the state. during designated hunting seasons. The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit in 2013 after authorities told them they could not participate in a shooting competition in New Jersey or take their weapons to a house in another place in the state. The United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in Manhattan, ruled last year that the regulation promoted the city's interest in protecting public safety and did not violate the Second Amendment. PROLIFERED GUN CONTROL LAWS Gun control is a controversial issue in the United States, which has experienced numerous mass shootings. Since 2013, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted more than 300 gun control laws, according to the Giffords Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. Republican opposition in Congress has been instrumental in frustrating the approval of new federal laws. New York City officials have argued that controlling guns in public takes on a particular urgency in the most densely populated urban center in the United States, where the potential for violence, accidents or theft increases. The regulation dates back to 2001, when New York police tightened firearm transport rules because officers had observed that license holders were traveling improperly with loaded firearms or with their firearms away from any authorized range. The city argued that the rule did not impede training, since there are many fields to practice within the city, and individuals could rent firearms in farther competitions. The rule also prevented owners from keeping a separate gun in a second home outside the city. The Supreme Court had avoided taking an important case of firearms since 2010, when it extended to state and local regulations a 2008 ruling that recognized for the first time that the Second Amendment protects a person's right to keep a gun at home for fend. Challengers have said that the history and tradition of the Second Amendment makes it clear that the law extends beyond the home. They are also asking the Supreme Court to demand that lower courts review stringers more closely, with a view to tearing them down. The court ruling must be filed at the end of June. (Report by Andrew Chung and Lawrence Hurley; Will Dunham Edition) This story has not been edited by The Times of India and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe. (This story has not been edited by and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed to which we subscribe.)