The Morning Dispatch: The Justice Department Officials Who Stood Up to Trump

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Quick Hits: Today’s Top Stories

  • The Supreme Court ruled 6-3 on Thursday that New York’s concealed carry licensing regime—which requires anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun outside his home to demonstrate a special need for self-defense—is unconstitutional, violating citizens’ Second Amendment rights. Several other states—including California, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey—have similar restrictions in place.

  • The Supreme Court also ruled 6-3 on Thursday that citizens cannot file a civil action lawsuit and seek damages under U.S. Code Section 1983 in the event a police officer fails to inform them of their Miranda rights. “Allowing the victim of a Miranda violation to sue a police officer for damages under §1983 would have little additional deterrent value,” Justice Samuel Alito wrote for the majority. “Permitting such claims would cause many problems.”

  • The Senate voted 65-33 late last night to advance bipartisan legislation aimed at reducing gun violence that, if enacted, would institute stricter background checks for gun purchasers under age 21, provide incentives for states to adopt “red flag” laws, block domestic abusers in dating relationships from owning or buying guns until five years pass without further disqualifying convictions, and appropriate funding for mental health and school safety measures. Speaker Nancy Pelosi said the House will take up the legislation this morning and send it to President Biden’s desk. 

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