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Supreme Court strikes down New York concealed carry law

On Thursday, the Supreme Court struck down a century-old New York City law restricting the carrying of concealed firearms, its first major Second Amendment decision in more than a decade and a ruling that could lead to more guns on the streets as well as on the subway.​​ churches. , bars, airports and just about anywhere people gather.

In a letter to the 6-3 court, Judge Clarence Thomas wrote the law’s requirement that New Yorkers who want a license to carry a handgun in public must provide “good cause” that the weapon is especially necessary for self-defense “violates Fourteenth amendment.” preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary needs for self-defense from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public places.”

“When the plain text of the Second Amendment covers human behavior, the Constitution is supposed to protect that behavior,” Thomas added. “The government must then justify its regulation by demonstrating that it is consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of regulating firearms.”

The Supreme Court has issued a ruling overturning a New York state law restricting the carrying of concealed firearms.
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The New York State Riflemen and Pistols Association and two upstate men challenged the law, which has been in place since 1913, saying it violates their Second Amendment rights.

Paul Clement, a lawyer representing the association, told judges during an oral argument last November that his clients are looking for “no more than their fellow citizens in 43 other states are already enjoying.”

“Carrying firearms outside the home is a fundamental constitutional right. This is not some extraordinary action requiring an extraordinary demonstration of necessity,” he said at the time.

A 1913 New York Law States That People Must Show &Quot;Proper Reason&Quot; To Obtain A License To Carry Weapons In Public.
A 1913 New York law states that people must show “good cause” to obtain a license to carry a gun in public.
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Thomas agreed, writing, “Nothing in the text of the Second Amendment distinguishes between home and community with respect to the right to keep and bear arms.”

The judge also wrote that “The Second Amendment guarantees ‘the individual right to own and bear arms in the event of a confrontation’, and a confrontation may
necessarily take place outside the home.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams and Governor Kathy Hochul fear the unfavorable decision will lead to more people carrying guns in public, even as gun violence rises amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Eric Adams Said He Was Concerned About The Decision Amid A Surge In Gun Violence In New York City.
Mayor Eric Adams said he was concerned about the decision amid a surge in gun violence in New York City.

“It keeps me awake at night,” Adams said in an interview with WABC-TV on Sunday. “We have some of the strictest gun laws. … I am very concerned about this. My legal team is now talking to other cities and states to determine how we can come together to prepare for this decision.”

Thursday’s decision was the first major Second Amendment court decision since 2010, when the court ruled 5-4 that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms extends to states through the 14th Amendment.

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