WASHINGTON, DC -- The United States Supreme Court will not take up the question: is there a constitutional right to carry a gun outside the home?
On Monday, the justices denied a challenge brought by five New York residents to a state law that forbids carrying a gun unless a person desiring to do so can show "proper cause".
The federal appeals courts are split on whether the Second Amendment provides a right to carry a gun in public.
Here in Illinois, an appeals court ruled a law that banned the concealed carrying of a gun as unconstitutional. That court said "the Second Amendment right to bear arms implies a right to carry a loaded gun outside the home."
Other federal courts have gone in the opposite direction, upholding the New York law as well as one in Maryland that requires gun owners to show "a good and substantial reason" for carrying a handgun.