The Supreme Court at this time has only eight justices. When voting on a Constitutional issue, such as a challenge to the Second Amendment, the vote could end in a tie. Undoubtedly, the next President will nominate a justice to the highest court in the land. Just how important is that nomination?
By refusing to hear two appeals on gun control, the Supreme Court basically upheld lower court decisions on banning semi-automatic weapons. Even though the bans unconstitutionally attacked the Second Amendment, the state bans, unfortunately, remain law. Gun control victories may send a signal to liberal law-makers that now is the time to push for an all-out ban on assault weapons.
The Federalist Papers Project reports:
By refusing to hear two appeals on state bans on semi-automatic weapons, the U.S. Supreme Court effectively upheld rulings that the bans were constitutional.
Seven states (California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Connecticut and New York) have some kind of “assault weapons” ban – restrictions on dozens, sometimes hundreds of specific weapons.
Gun Control advocates’ victory in these two cases may signal a greater willingness by Hillary Clinton and her Democratic allies in Congress to push through an “assault weapons ban.”