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Justice Clarence Thomas, speaking at an event hosted by The Law Library of Congress and the Supreme Court Fellows Program. Image via YouTube

The U.S. Supreme Court, stepping back into one of its most controversial areas for the first time in a decade, on Tuesday agreed to examine a gun-rights challenge to a New York City law that restricts the transport of weapons across city borders.

The justices have turned away a number of challenges to state and local gun regulations since their 2008 landmark Second Amendment decision in District of Columbia v. Heller, recognizing an individual right to possess a gun in the home for self defense, and their 2010 decision in McDonald v. City of Chicago, applying the Second Amendment to the states.

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Marcia Coyle

Marcia Coyle, based in Washington, covers the U.S. Supreme Court. Contact her at [email protected]. On Twitter: @MarciaCoyle

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