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The Supreme Court on Monday agreed to hear a major dispute over the second amendment that could determine whether the constitution protects a right to publicly carry arms.

The decision, announced in a resolution, comes after President Joe Biden faces pressure from activists to take action to limit the availability of high-powered weapons amid outcry over mass shootings.

Proponents of increased arms control measures have raised concerns that the country’s highest court, which has a 6-3 majority of Republican candidates, could expand the scope of the second amendment.

The Supreme Court previously ruled that the second amendment protects the individual’s right to carry a weapon in the home for self-defense.

Last year it declined to make a substantial decision on its first major case of the second amendment in a decade.

The case is New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Keith Corlett, No. 20-843. A decision is expected by summer 2022.

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