WASHINGTON As mass shootings revive the U.S. debate over gun policy, the Supreme Court is weighing whether to go forward with a Second Amendment showdown for the first time in a decade.
The justices in January said they would hear a challenge to New York City rules that sharply limited where licensed handguns could be taken while locked and unloaded. Three city handgun owners said the regulations were the most extreme firearm-transportation restrictions in the country.
But then the city loosened its rules and said the case should be dismissed because there was nothing left for the court to decide. Gun-rights advocates called the citys move a transparent effort to avoid a ruling that would bolster the right to bear arms nationwide.