The Supreme Court Building on 1
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The conservative US Supreme Court has an opportunity on Tuesday to clarify its latest case law on the right to bear arms, which has caused confusion in American courts — though it remains to be seen whether it will seize it.

Two weeks after a mass shooter left 18 people dead in the northeastern state of Maine, the court is addressing the particularly sensitive issue of gun rights following a controversial ruling in June 2022.

The justices on Tuesday will be asked to weigh the Constitution's Second Amendment right to bear arms against a law designed to protect victims of domestic abuse.

In the 2022 decision, carried by the six conservative justices against their three liberal colleagues, Justice Clarence Thomas explained that the court would henceforth authorize only "reasonable" exceptions to the Second Amendment, notably in "sensitive places."

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