Update February 24, 2014 – The US Supreme Court turned down the appeal (denied cert) in all four cases.
For a brief snapshot of how appeals to the US Supreme Court works click here.
There are several cases of interest to us which have been distributed for the conference of February 21st. They are:
Quinn v. Texas – Does the mere suspected presence of a firearm in the home allow police to conduct a no-knock raid on a private residence? Here is a link to the Cert Petition. Here is a link to the lone Amicus brief filed in the case. National Rifle Association v. Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms – Challenges the Federal ban on selling handguns, through an FFL, t0 persons between 18 and 20 years of age. Here is a link to the Cert Petition. Here is a link to ScotusBlog. National Rifle Association of America v. McCraw – Challenges a Texas law which generally prohibits persons under the age of 21 from carrying a concealed handgun in public. Here is a link to the Cert Petition. Here is a link to ScotusBlog. Lane v. Holder – This is an interesting case. It was first distributed to the October 11, 2013 conference and not heard from again until it was again distributed for the February 21st Conference. It presents a simple question. Do consumers have standing to challenge Federal regulations relating to the commercial sale of firearms. Here is a link to the Cert Petition. Here is a link to ScotusBlog.
Here is a list of all cases scheduled for the February 21, 2014 conference. Notice that bare more than a dozen of the cases, out of over 600 on the list, had a “Brief In Opposition” (BIO) request made by the court. If no BIO is filed and the court does not request one to be filed then the Cert Petition is certain to be denied.
This is an excellent article on US Supreme Court Procedure.