Edward Peruta is a litigious Vietnam veteran who spends part of each year living out of a trailer home in San Diego.
Neil Gorsuch is a conservative Coloradan with impeccable Ivy League judicial credentials.
Peruta’s legal challenge to San Diego County’s concealed carry permitting system has been winding its way through the federal court system since 2009.
Gorsuch was sworn in as the newest associate justice of the Supreme Court just four days ago.
On Thursday, their fortunes will meet when Gorsuch joins his first-ever Supreme Court conference to discuss whether the bench should hear Peruta v. California, which asks whether the Second Amendment protects a right to carry guns in public spaces. It could be the most consequential gun case since the Court confirmed the individual right to bear arms in District of Columbia v. Heller nearly a decade ago. The majority opinion in that case was written by Antonin Scalia, Gorsuch’s predecessor and a staunch originalist, but it left unresolved a handful of major questions about the Second Amendment. Peruta seeks to answer one of them. Here’s everything you need to know about the case.
by NORA BIETTE-TIMMONS AND OLIVIA LI