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US Supreme Court strikes down gun law

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The US Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that bans carrying guns in public in a major ruling favoring gun rights.

The judges’ 6-3 decision is expected to eventually allow more people to carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Boston and elsewhere. Nearly a quarter of the country’s population lives in states that could be affected by the decision, the top court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade.

President Joe Biden said in a statement that he was “deeply disappointed” by the Supreme Court’s decision, which is “contrary to both common sense and the Constitution, and we should all be deeply concerned.”

Biden urged states to pass new laws and called on “Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are at stake.”

For his part, Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, a state association that defends gun ownership, applauded the decision.

“New York State’s rightful and legal gun owner will no longer be persecuted by laws that have nothing to do with people’s safety,” he said. “And maybe now we will start going after the perpetrators and perpetrators of these heinous acts,” King said.

The ruling comes as a bipartisan gun violence bill in the Senate on Thursday overcame a Republican filibuster, paving the way for the most far-reaching response in Congress in decades to the brutal mass shootings in the country.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said that the Constitution “protects the right of a person to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home.”

In his ruling, the justices struck down a New York law that requires people to show a special requirement to carry a firearm in order to be licensed to carry it in public. The judges said the requirement violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws whose decisions are likely to result in appeals. President Joe Biden’s administration urged judges to uphold New York’s law.

Proponents of the New York law argue that repealing it will eventually lead to more guns on the streets and higher rates of violent crime. The decision comes at a time when gun violence – already on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic – is on the rise again.

The Supreme Court last issued a major ruling on guns in 2010. In that ruling and the 2008 ruling, judges established the national right to have a gun in the home for self-defense. This time the matter for the court was about the permission to carry weapons while away from home.

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Hannah Fingerhut contributed to this report.

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