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-- new Yorker we're bringing that Tom -- who is former deputy assistant attorney general joining us from our DC bureau good to see is -- Likewise get to be here -- -- this Supreme Court to sort of lack of action today declining to take up.
This gun control case -- or gun control related case -- you surprised they wanna stay out of it for the moment.
Well it's a bit surprising in that it really is an issue that has been roiling the lower courts about whether the constitutional.
To have a gun to carry a gun extends outside the confines of ones home and certainly the Supreme Court has not been shy about wading into everything from.
Health care it's an immigration to gay marriage and so it's a bit surprising that you don't want to jump in to sorted out.
But given that they turned down most of the cases that they're asked to review.
Maybe not surprising -- that.
Respect -- to -- that there may be a sense that.
This is this the -- the whole gun control debate is moving politically then mail may not be this background check legislation coming out of the senate -- -- Maybe eight -- they want that they want the the politicians to have a crack at it first before they get involved.
I think that's a fair point to some extent you're absolutely right in that this whole issue of gun control is a moving target no pun intended and the Supreme Court might have basically said look.
Let's let the legislative course play out let's see what congress does let's see if they put new Jackson place.
And this issue -- gone away they can always revisited a year from now two years from now they might have said we have enough on our plate particularly these controversial political issues this term let's let the legislative of course play out take it from there.
-- it would seem that that what -- one of the legislation is positive indeed NEA's.
It's likely to end up the Supreme Court anyway I can imagine at all.
On the -- do you.
Do you are you personally in favor of greater background checks do you think it would be ace not move.
Well I think ultimately it's up to it law enforcement to make a call from a policy perspective about whether these laws makes sense I think what's particularly intriguing right now is that as you noted at the outset we've seen a lot of movement -- some movement on the Republican side.
Senator to -- and others have been weighing in and saying you know maybe we can accept reasonable restrictions and I think.
The fate of this legislation is in large part going to turn on how much movement we see among Republicans and others who historically been very supportive of Second Amendment Rights.
So they -- -- this will that but it'll also -- to some extent on Democrats.
-- is a -- -- one of you know did yeah it's not the greatest on the pro gun states.
Clinton that it.
It dates that's tough for them everybody astle who -- has an eye on reelection here we have the mid terms coming up next -- that's an important.
-- all of this too isn't it don't.
Oh absolutely it fits into the calculus and I think right now there's a -- up on the hill about.
-- -- quite sure where public opinion is on a number of these issues and that certainly the horrible events in Connecticut.
Moved public opinion to some extent I think right now there are a lot of Republicans and Democrats who historically have been supportive of Second Amendment Rights.
Who are wondering whether or not the landscape has shifted a bit and whether or not it's safe.
To support what they -- -- some would say are small restrictions on Second Amendment Rights background checks at gun shows and the like whether or not they can do that consistent with what there there political -- are.
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