Turmoil in courts on gun laws in wake of justices’ ruling

February 18, 2023

The Supreme Court’s so-called Bruen decision changed the test that lower courts had long used for evaluating challenges to firearm restrictions. The legal turmoil caused by the first major gun ruling in a decade will likely force the Supreme Court to step in again soon to provide more guidance for judges. ADVERTISEMENTGun control activists have decried the Supreme Court’s historical test, but say they remain confident that many gun restrictions will survive challenges. Already, some gun laws passed in the wake of the Supreme Court decision have been shot down. A judge declared multiple portions of New York’s new gun law unconstitutional , including rules that restrict carrying firearms in public parks and places of worship.