Supreme Court's Alito and Thomas warn new gun control law raises 'serious' 2A questions

Two of the Supreme Court's most conservative justices warned this week that New York's concealed carry restrictions law raises "serious" constitutional questions ahead of

arguments in four Second Amendment-related challenges at the federal appeals court level. In a short unsigned order Wednesday, the high court deferred to the U.S. Court of

Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, which in December eliminated a pause on several portions of the law after a federal district court judge struck down most of the law's provisions on

Nov. 7. Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas said in a letter attached to the order that the law "presents novel and serious questions under both the First and the

Second Amendments." The pair also made clear that the court's denial was in no way "expressing any views on the merits" of the challenges brought by firearms proponents; instead,

it was to "reflect respect for the 2nd Circuit’s procedures in managing its own docket." SUPREME COURT REFUSES TO BLOCK NEW YORK GUN CONTROL MEASURES FOR NOW The 2nd

Circuit, which holds a 7-6 Democratic-led majority, announced Friday it would hear arguments in four challenges against several provisions in New York's Concealed Carry

Improvement Act on March 20. The court’s Wednesday order marked the first Second Amendment case to reach the high court since the major June 2022 NYSRPA v. Bruen decision,

authored by Thomas, which held New York's old concealed carry law that required a proper cause for a permit was unconstitutional. A 6-3 majority said the law prevented law-abiding

citizens with "ordinary self-defense needs" from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms for self-defense.