Sandy Hook

Supreme Court Stays on the Sidelines in Gun Debate
Assault weapons bans allowed to stand in New York and Connecticut

The Supreme Court has declined to take up a challenge to assault weapons bans in two states. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As the debate over gun control laws continues to roil the nation and Congress, the Supreme Court on Monday again decided to stay on the sidelines.  

The justices announced they won’t hear a major challenge to state gun control laws enacted in the wake of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in 2012, continuing a five-year trend of avoiding such cases.  

Remembering Heroic Sandy Hook Teacher, Murphy Yields the Floor
Special education teacher could have escaped, but she stayed with student as both were shot fatally

President Barack Obama presents a 2012 Citizens Medal to the family of slain Sandy Hook Elementary School teacher Anne Marie Murphy. (Photo by JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Sen. Christopher Murphy ended his filibuster early Thursday by recalling an emotional story he shared during his first speech in the Senate.  

He stood next to a picture of smiling 6-year-old Dylan Hockley, who was killed in the December 2012 massacre of kids and teachers at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Murphy's home state of Connecticut.