Monday, May 5, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Won't Hear Arguments on Guns, Immigration

Posted By on Mon, May 5, 2014 at 9:26 AM

Sending a clear message that it had no desire to revisit the issue of carrying weapons into public settings, the U.S. Supreme Court this morning said it would not hear a challenge to a New Jersey law that restricts most residents from carrying guns in public.

The National Rifle Association and the Gun Owners Foundation had hoped that the high court would hear their objections to the New Jersey law, which requires citizens to prove a "justifiable need" to carry handguns, openly or concealed, outside the home. The state of New Jersey had already won two rounds of arguments in federal and appeals courts but the NRA was hoping for another shot at the law.

Additionally, the U.S. Supreme Court said it was refusing to hear an immigration case that stemmed from a city ordinance in the community of Fremont, Neb., that bars landlords from renting to illegal immigrants. The Mexican American Legal Defense Fund sued the Nebraska city, saying that federal immigration law superseded any municipal ordinance. But the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals disagreed, saying that the ordinance did not conflict with federal law.

The Fremont, Neb., ordinance requires prospective tenants to obtain a so-called "occupancy license," declaring their immigration status.

In March, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up two similar cases from Texas and Pennsylvania.

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