(USA Features) For the second time on Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up an issue of constitutional importance, leaving controversial actions and laws in place amid divided rulings by lower courts.
In the latter instance, justices refused to take a case involving three challenges to lifetime gun bans on the grounds that they violate the Second Amendment’s ‘infringement’ clause.
By sidestepping the issue, the court let stand a series of lower court decisions prohibiting people who have been convicted of various offenses including driving under the influence, making false statements on tax returns, and selling counterfeit cassette tapes from being able to own a firearm, USA Today reported.
The rulings were handed down without explanation.
The paper noted that the last times the nation’s highest court ruled on guns were in 2008 and 2010 when justices struck down handgun restrictions in the District of Columbia and Chicago.
Four justices must agree to take up a case; five are needed to hand down a majority opinion.
The court turned down consideration of the cases amid a recent spate of high-profile shootings in a number of states including Georgia, Indiana, and Colorado.
The three cases in which the court decided not to accept involved a number of circumstances.
“In one, a Pennsylvania man who pleaded guilty to a DUI in 2005 challenged the ban on purchasing or owning a gun. In another, a Pennsylvania woman who pleaded guilty to making a false statement on her tax returns sued over the ban. In a third, involving a man who pleaded guilty in a cassette counterfeiting matter back in the 1980s, there was yet another challenge to the firearms ban,” Newsmax reported.
USA Today noted further that just because the court has decided not to take these cases does not prevent justices from deciding to take similar cases in the future.
Earlier, the high court decided against hearing another challenge to changes made to voting procedures in Pennsylvania prior to the 2020 election in Pennsylvania.
Justices rejected an appeal from a GOP congressional candidate who unsuccessfully challenged the state’s mail-in ballot initiates, which constitutes the last Nov. 3-related election lawsuit to be dismissed regarding Pennsylvania.
The suit was filed by Republican Jim Bognet who said that the Pennsylvania Supreme Court had no authority to approve rules expanding access to early voting in the state as well as extending mail-in balloting deadlines. He argued that the state court’s ruling circumvented the authority of the Pennsylvania General Assembly, which is constitutionally empowered with establishing voting rules and laws.