The Supreme Court will hear an appeal on Monday against the US government’s attempt to block access to federal court records.
Key points:The court will hear arguments about whether the gun laws that the Obama administration is appealing are unconstitutionalA judge who previously ruled in favor of gun rights advocates will take on the caseA ruling in favor could allow the Obama Administration to continue blocking access to records, and prevent the release of other documentsThe court also heard arguments on whether gun control laws that were struck down in the court’s landmark decision in 2012 are constitutional.
The Obama administration, in its appeal, has argued that the court should have ruled in its favor and that its efforts to block the records are an abuse of power.
The court is expected to rule on Monday.
In February 2016, a federal judge in Washington state found that the Second Amendment to the US Constitution protects people’s right to bear arms, a decision that led to the passage of laws in 26 states that prohibited firearm ownership for people who are on the no-fly list, or have been convicted of a felony.
But that decision was upheld by the US Supreme court.
A year later, the same judge found that there was no constitutional right to carry a firearm, but said the government could have to make those restrictions more strict.
Under a new federal law, Congress must consider a number of gun-related measures.
Among them are measures that ban assault weapons, ammunition magazines that hold more than 10 rounds, silencers and ammunition clips larger than 8.5 inches.
Another measure requires background checks for all gun sales.
And a third would require background checks on all gun shows and online sales.
The government has sought to block those provisions, arguing that they are unnecessary and unconstitutional because the gun bans were already in place.
But a federal appeals court on Friday rejected that argument, saying the Second Ammendment protects an individual right to own a gun.
The case is expected in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.