When the high court agreed back in January to hear the case, New York officials suddenly decided there was something in need of fixing with their extremist gun law. While pundits believe the city was merely trying to keep the case away from the Supremes fearing a loss that could open the door to challenges of other restrictive gun control laws, there is another theory, and it goes like this:

The city knew all along the prohibition overstepped constitutionality, and only when the court made it clear that this case is ripe for review was the city compelled to clean up its own mess.

The problem, as explained by an attorney for the National Rifle Association, which supports the case, is that if the high court dismisses the case now, at some future date the city might impose a regulation just as offensive, if not moreso.

The hearing is scheduled for Dec. 2.