On Monday, the US Supreme Court made it harder for people to hide gun purchases, ruling it illegal for a legal gun owner to buy a firearm on behalf of someone else. Writing the majority opinion in the 5-4 decision in Abramski v. United States, Justice Elena Kagan said gun purchasers may not act as “straw purchasers,” making it a crime to buy guns on behalf of third parties while claiming to make the purchase for personal use.
Later this month, the US Supreme Court will decide whether to hear two cases seeking clarification on what the Constitution’s framers intended in granting citizens the right to not only own but also “bear” arms. Lyle Denniston, a National Constitution Center adviser, writes on the Philadelphia Inquirer’s website that the National Rifle Association has, of late, brought two cases before the Supreme Court challenging prevailing legal wisdom that while the Second Amendment grants U.S. citizens the right to own or “keep” arms, that right does not necessarily extend to their ability to “bear” arms outside of their personal residences.
On Monday the ACLU sued Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker on behalf of four same-sex couples seeking the right to marry in the state and to overturn a state law that makes it a crime for them to marry in another state. The complaint, filed in federal court in Madison by the American Civil Liberties Union, is the latest by advocates seeking to expand recognition for gay couples beyond the 17 states where such marriages are allowed. Similar litigation is pending in Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, Michigan and Utah.