Just days before Friday’s horrific shooting at a Connecticut elementary school, a 7th Circuit ruling raised the possibility that the U.S. Supreme Court could soon take up another Second Amendment case.
Last week’s ruling, by Judge Richard Posner – who interestingly enough has been vocally critical of Justice Antonin G. Scalia’s opinion in the landmark Second Amendment case D.C. v. Heller – wrote the majority opinion striking down Illinois’ statewide ban on carrying concealed weapons. That ruling creates a split of sorts with other circuits that have largely upheld local and state gun control laws.
Meanwhile, the recent events seem to have boosted public interest in the Second Amendment. Cornell University Law School’s Legal Information Institute reported on its Facebook page Saturday: “On an average day, the Second Amendment is viewed 700-900 times at the LII. Yesterday, it was 12,304.”