In an unexpected move, the Supreme Court has voted to deny certiorari (refuse to hear) ten Second Amendment cases which have been held at the court, some of which have been waiting for years.
Much speculation has been written about the cases, with the expectation the Supreme Court would hear at least one of them in order to clarify splits that have occurred in the circuit courts on the issues of carrying firearms outside the home, bans on gun magazines and semi-automatic rifles.
The court is believed to have four justices inclined to enforce the Second Amendment: Thomas, Alito, Gorsuch, and Kavanaugh. There are four justices believed to wish to render the Second Amendment impotent and toothless: Ginsburg, Breyer, Sotomayor, and Kagan.
Chief Justice Roberts is speculated as being the swing vote which could go either way. He voted for both the Heller and McDonald decisions to uphold the Second Amendment as written and applied to the states by the Fourteenth Amendment.
Many conservatives see him as unreliable. Who knows what pressures are brought to bear on nine of the most powerful men and women in the world?
Something happened to change the balance and bring about a majority to deny certiorari to the ten Second Amendment cases.
The Supreme Court does not tell us who voted for the denial of certiorari. We know two justices disagree strongly enough to dissent.
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