The U.S. Supreme Court has once again ruled against the Second Amendment by refusing to loosen restrictions on carrying a gun in public.
SCOTUS rejected an appeal that was made by gun-rights advocates in California that would’ve allowed folks to carry a concealed weapon without needing to show a special reason for doing so.
According to Bloomberg, Justices Clarence Thomas and Neil Gorsuch said the high court should have heard the case.
“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” Thomas wrote for the pair. “But the framers made a clear choice: They reserved the right to bear arms for self-defense.”
The high court has turned away gun-rights appeals repeatedly since its last Second Amendment case in 2010, declining to carve out new constitutional protections for firearm owners outside the home.
Five San Diego County residents and a gun-rights group argued in their appeal that “the Constitution guarantees ordinary, law-abiding citizens some means of bearing firearms outside the home for self-defense, whether it be open or concealed carrying.”
The very left-leaning state of California is one of eight around the country that prohibits a good majority of citizens from carrying weapons out in public, though an occasional and rather hard-to-get exception is made for those who can prove they have a legitimate reason to carry a gun.