The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down New York’s century-old gun law in a major ruling that restricted the carrying of concealed weapons. This is a win for gun rights and can probably be seen as a precursor to how the High Court will rule on the gun control infringements that Democrats and 14 RINOs are pushing right now through Congress.
The ruling was a 6-3 decision. Writing the opinion for the Court, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that “when the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct.”
“To justify its regulation, the government may not simply posit that the regulation promotes an important interest,” Thomas added. “Rather, the government must demonstrate that the regulation is consistent with this Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.”
This is the first major gun ruling for the Court in over a decade. It’s nice to see that a majority of the Court still believes in the Constitution, specifically the Second Amendment.
This ruling will impact about a quarter of a million Americans, as it will allow more people to legally carry a firearm on the streets of the largest cities in the country. This will affect New York City, Boston, and Los Angeles, cities in states like California, New Jersey, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Maryland, and more.
The New York state law, which has been in place since 1913, requires that an individual who wants to obtain a license to carry a handgun in public must show “proper cause” that the weapon is explicitly needed for self-defense rather than a desire to protect themselves or their property. That’s not written into the Second Amendment, but what is there is “… shall not be infringed,” and the New York law is an infringement. The Justices said that the New York requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association and two men from Upstate sued, claiming that the New York law violated their Second Amendment rights. The SCOTUS has now agreed.
The attorney representing the association, Paul Clement, told the justices of the Court, during oral arguments last November that his clients were asking for “nothing more than their fellow citizens in 43 other states already enjoy.”
“Carrying a firearm outside the home is a fundamental constitutional right. It is not some extraordinary action that requires an extraordinary demonstration of need,” Clement said.
Other states, all blue, have similar laws that tell their citizens that they do not have the right to defend themselves when out in public. Those laws will no doubt now be challenged in court as a result of this ruling.
The Constitution wins again, and American citizens have the solemn right to defend themselves when they are outside.
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