On June 8 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) chose not to overturn two gun controls in San Francisco, one of which requires gun owners to lock their guns up in their homes and another which bans hollow point ammunition.
The case came to the SCOTUS on appeal from the NRA and gun owners in San Francisco.
The lock-up requirement contains that caveat that the homeowner can leave his or her gun unlocked if it remains on their person and the hollow point ban is worded to prohibit “the sale of ammunition that expands on impact, has ‘no sporting purpose’ and is commonly referred to as hollow-point bullets.”
According to ABC News, “Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas said they would have heard the appeal.” But they would needed two more justices, as four justices are needed to grant cert.
This is a troublesome decision for gun owners and freedom lovers in two ways:
1. It lets the hollow point ban focus on the “sporting purpose” of a certain ammunition to determine viability. Yet the focus of the Second Amendment is not sport, but self-defense. In District of Columbia v. Heller (2008), Justice Samuel Alito made clear that self-defense is a “the central component of the Second Amendment right.”