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On December 2, the Supreme Court held its first session of the month, as Edith Roberts writes in this edition of the SCOTUSblog round-up. Two cases were presented. The first is a high-profile case pertaining to limits on the transportation of personal firearms in New York. Because the topics of firearms, open carry, and the Second Amendment have been so prevalent, this case has garnered significant attention.

The second case heard in the Supreme Court on Monday relates to copyright law, particularly in regards to an annotated version of a state code. 


This morning the Supreme Court kicks off its December session with oral arguments in two cases. First up is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. City of New York, New York, a high-profile challenge to New York City’s limits on transporting personal firearms. Amy Howe previewed the case for this blog. Subscript Law offers a graphic explainer.

For The Economist, Steven Mazie writes that this “is the case gun-rights advocates have been waiting for since 2008, when the Supreme Court first recognised an individual right to own a gun for self-defence” in District of Columbia v. Heller, which “left many questions unresolved about the Second Amendment’s ‘right of the people to keep and bear arms’: whether there are other ‘lawful purposes’ to own guns, which types of weapons are protected and how far states may go in regulating them.” A mini version of Mazie’s preview is here. Bill Lucia reports at Route Fifty that “[i]t’s an oddball case in a number of ways[:] The restrictions that sparked the court battle are not common around the U.S., and New York City and New York state rolled them back earlier this year after the Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.”


To read more about these cases, please read the original post on SCOTUSblog.


Jorge J. Perez is an attorney in South Florida. He is a self-professed history buff.