Supreme Court Expands Gun Rights For Law-abiding Citizens
The Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense, a ruling likely to lead to more people legally armed in cities and beyond. The ruling came as Congress sped toward passing gun legislation.
In a statement, President Joe Biden said he was disappointed by the Supreme Court ruling and urged states to pass new laws.
The court said a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in public violated the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the ruling is reprehensible, but the plaintiff New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, said it is a relief that the laws will no longer persecute lawful gun owners.
The governor’s office said the court’s decision is out of step with public opinion, which says gun laws should be made more strict.
New York’s law, which has been in place since 1913, allows people to carry concealed handguns in public, but they have to show “proper cause” to do so.
Perhaps if concealed carry had already been allowed ‘without cause’ there would of been someone armed who could of killed the shooter in Buffalo before he was able to kill so many innocent people.
The Supreme Court last issued a major gun decision in 2010 and established a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense.
For more on this story, please consider these sources:
- Supreme Court strikes New York gun law in major ruling The Associated Press
- Supreme Court gun decision shoots down NY rule that set high bar for concealed carry licenses Fox News
- Supreme Court issues decision making it easier to carry guns in public Yahoo News
- Gun Control Live Updates: Senate and Supreme Court The New York Times
- Shot through the heart: The Supreme Court radically expands gun rights, a decision that will cost lives in NYC and elsewhere New York Daily News