The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public in a landmark decision that came just weeks after a second. Deadly School Shooting,
The 6-3 decision nullified a New York law that required a person to prove they had a gun permit for lawful self-defense, and that the state required people to carry guns. will prevent it from being banned.
Despite rising calls for limits on firearms after two mass shootings in May, the court sided with advocates who said the US Constitution guarantees the right to own and carry a gun.
It’s the first ruling by a court in a major Second Amendment—the constitutional amendment giving Americans the right to bear arms—case in a decade and a victory for the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA).
“Today’s decision is a significant victory for good men and women across America and the result of a decades-long battle under the leadership of the NRA,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.
“The right to self-defense and the right to protect your family and loved ones should not end at your home.”
Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, said: “The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect a person’s right to carry a weapon for self-defense outside the home.
“New York’s just-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to hold and possess arms in public for self-defense.”
The US Senate is currently considering a rare bipartisan bill that includes modest gun control measures.
US President Joe Biden said he was “extremely disappointed” by the decision. “This decision is contrary to both common sense and the Constitution and should cause deep distress to all of us,” he said in a statement.
New York Governor Cathy Hochul said today was a “dark day”.
“Shocking, absolutely shocking, that they have taken away our rights to impose reasonable sanctions,” she told reporters, aside from making a separate announcement.
“We can ban speech — you can’t set fire to a crowded theater, but somehow the Second Amendment has no restrictions,” she said.
“I’m sorry it’s a dark day,” she said.
Hochul later tweeted that the decision was “outrageous”, accusing the six judges of acting “negligently”. “In response to this decision, we are closely reviewing our options – including convening a special session of the legislature.
“Just as we swiftly passed nation-leading gun reform legislation, I will continue to do everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence,” she wrote.
New York Attorney General Letitia James also said she was reviewing the decision.
“We will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and uphold our state’s common sense gun laws,” he tweeted.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams warned that the ruling could “open up an additional river feeding a sea of gun violence”.
“We will work together to mitigate the risks that this decision may pose as we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West,” he said in a statement.
Mass shooting in Buffalo, Uvalde
On 14 May, an 18-year-old used an AR-15-type assault rifle kill 10 african americans In a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.
Less than two weeks later, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, by another teen with the same type of high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.
New York law states that in order to be allowed to carry a firearm outside of a home, a gun owner must clearly demonstrate that it is clearly required for self-defense—meaning that no demonstration is required. People can’t do that.
Gun-rights advocates said it violated the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which states that “the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be violated.”
More than half of US states already allow carrying firearms without permission, most of them doing so only in the past decade.
But more than 20 still maintain sanctions that may now be forced to be dropped based on a court decision.
In the ruling, the court overturned a 1913 New York state law that stood on the understanding that individual states had the right to regulate gun use and ownership.
Over the past two decades, more than 200 million guns have hit the US market, led by assault rifles and personal handguns, leading to an increase in homicides, mass shootings and suicides.