The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a petition to review Peruta v. California, which would have potentially established precedent on whether the Second Amendment protects the right to carry handguns outside the home for self-defense.
As reported in the Washington Examiner, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch dissented against the opinion not to hear the case. “Neither party disputes that the issue is one of national importance or that the courts of appeals have already weighed in extensively,” Thomas noted.
The National Rifle Association issued a statement expressing disappointment in the Supreme Court’s decision. It concluded, “We look forward to a future Court affirming that the right to keep and bear arms is as much a part of our Constitution as the other enumerated rights that it protects. We will not stop fighting until a future Court affirms this fundamental right.”