A gun case involving two Rensselaer County residents has been heard by justices on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The attorney for Brandon Koch, Robert Nash and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association is challenging a state law that allowed a judge to deny Koch and Nash the right to have concealed-carry permits for personal protection. The current legislation bans concealed-carry permits in most cases, but judges and State Police can approve them for hunting or if a gun owner believes they need one for self-defense. State solicitor general Barbara Underwood told the court that a limit on who can carry guns is needed to ensure public safety. A decision in this case is expected to be announced next year.