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Supreme Court rebuffs bid to expand legal protections for gun silencers

Supreme Court rebuffs bid to expand legal protections for gun silencers

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FILE PHOTO: The Supreme Court is seen in Washington, U.S., October 1, 2018. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned away a bid to widen legal protections for gun silencers in a case involving two Kansas men convicted for failing to register the devices as required by federal law, as the justices again sidestepped a chance to rule on the scope of the right to bear arms.

The justices declined to hear appeals by the two men, Shane Cox and Jeremy Kettler, and left in place their convictions in cases brought by federal prosecutors. The men had asked the court to decide whether silencers – muzzle attachments that suppress the sound of a gunshot – are covered by the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment, which protects the right to keep and bear arms.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

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