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.


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”.