opinion | Supreme Court upholds the Second Amendment

The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling Thursday on gun rights boils down to this: The Second Amendment doesn’t disappear when you walk out your front door. Stated that way, it sounds obvious, but many appeals judges disagree. For a disappointing decade, the Supreme Court was too shy to set them straight, but Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion was well worth the wait.

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New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen Challenged the Empire State’s rules on carrying a firearm in public. There is an open carry ban in New York. With a few exceptions, such as for judges, obtaining permission to carry a concealed handgun requires a “reasonable reason” to be demonstrated. It has been interpreted as “a special need” for self-defense, beyond “the general community or persons engaged in the same profession”.