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Supreme Court upholds New York’s strict gun control law

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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The Supreme Court on Monday let stand New York's strict gun control law, rejecting an appeal from a group of gun owners.

At issue was whether the Constitution's Second Amendment provided a broad individual right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense.

New York's Penal Law 265.03(03) bans possession of a firearm in public, either openly or concealed, unless someone can show "proper cause" to secure a carry permit. Such proper cause has to be more than just a law-abiding citizen's desire for self-defense.

Since the high court refused to intervene, the state law stays in place.

A group of Westchester County residents, supported by the Second Amendment Foundation, sued and lost in the lower federal courts. The Supreme Court in 2008 affirmed an individual right of law-abiding citizens to have a handgun in the home. In this case, the issue pivoted to what weapons are allowed in public.

The case is Kachalsky v. Cacace (12-845).

This article was written by CNN's Bill Mears.  TM & © 2012 Cable News Network, Inc., a Time Warner Company. All rights reserved.

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