The questions facing the Supreme Court are whether the Second Amendment secures a right for self-defense outside the home and whether state officials are allowed to demand that people prove a “justifiable need” for self-defense.
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The U.S. Supreme Court, which in recent years ruled in the Heller case that the Second Amendment does protect an individual right to bear arms, and in the McDonald case that state’s cannot unreasonably restrict that right, now is facing another fight over guns.
It involves the effective ban that New Jersey has imposed on those who feel the need for self-protection outside of their own homes.
For example, officials in New Jersey ruled that a man who services ATM machines and carries large amounts of cash doesn’t need a handgun to protect himself. Likewise, a reserve deputy who “disrupts” criminal activity on duty is perfectly safe without a handgun while off-duty.