The Supreme Court extends the right to arms by striking the borders of New York

The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Americans have the right to bear arms in public.

the justices Decision 6-3 Following the recent mass shootings, it is expected that eventually more people will be allowed to carry weapons legally on the streets of the country’s largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, and elsewhere. Nearly a quarter of the US population lives in the states, which are expected to reflect on this ruling, the first major Supreme Court decision in more than a decade.

Counter-scale fencing blocks near the Supreme Court, May 10, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo / Jacquelyn Martin, File)

The ruling comes as Congress is working to pass gun legislation in Texas, New York and California.

Judge Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “the right of the individual to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.”

In their ruling, the judges overturned New York City law that required people to show a special need to carry a gun in order to obtain a firearms license in public. The judges said that this requirement violates the right of the second amendment to “keep or carry a weapon.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws. The Biden administration urged judges to abide by New York law.

New York Governor Katie Hochul said the decision came at a particularly painful time as New York mourns the deaths of 10 people in a mass shooting at a Buffalo supermarket. “This decision is not just unwise. It is condemnable. “That’s not what New Yorkers want,” he said.

Judge Steven Breyer, in a dissent joined by his liberal counterparts, focused on victims of gun violence. “Since the beginning of this year (2022) alone, 277 cases of mass shootings have been registered, an average of more than once a day,” Breyer wrote.

On May 15, 2022, in Buffalo, New York, people gathered outside the Tops Market. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Proponents of her case have been working to make the actual transcript of this statement available online. The gun violence, which was already growing during the coronavirus epidemic, has increased anew.

In most parts of the country, gun owners have little difficulty in carrying their weapons legally. But it was harder to do in New York օրենք with similar laws in several states. New York law, which has been in force since 1913, states that an applicant for a license to carry a concealed firearm in a public place must provide a “proper reason” – a special need to carry a firearm.

The state issues unlimited licenses where a person can carry a weapon anywhere, և restricted licenses that allow a person to carry a weapon, but only for specific purposes, such as hunting, shooting, or returning to their place of business.

The Supreme Court last ruled in 2010 on the use of weapons. In that decision և a Decision of 2008 The judges established a nationwide right to keep a gun in the house for self-defense. The court question this time was about taking someone out of the house.

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New York law was challenged by the New York State Rifle Association, which describes itself as the nation’s oldest firearms advocate, and two men seeking unlimited guns outside their homes.

The decision of the court contradicts the public opinion to some extent. Nearly half of voters in the 2020 presidential election said the gun law in the United States should be tightened, according to AP VoteCast, a large-scale voter survey. An additional third said laws should be enforced as they are, while only one in 10 said gun laws should be less stringent.

Eight out of 10 Democrat voters say the gun law needs to be tightened, according to VoteCast. About half of Republican voters said the laws should be followed as they are, and the other half are more or less strictly divided.


Associated Press correspondent Hannah Fingerhut contributed to this report.

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