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The US Supreme Court has ruled that New York handgun owners will no longer need 'proper cause' for a licence to carry a concealed weapon.
How and where Americans are allowed to carry guns in the US was thrown into question amid the case of New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc vs Bruen.
The case questioned whether or not New York handgun owners could have their ability to carry their guns outside of their homes – in an act of self-defence – overthrown by the government under the Second Amendment.
BREAKING: The Supreme Court's Republican wing just voted 6-3 to strike down New York's gun permitting law, arguing that it unfairly bans law-abiding citizens from owning guns.— Max Burns (@themaxburns) June 23, 2022
Under a New York law – which has been in play for more than 100 years – handgun owners had to show 'proper cause' to gain a licence to carry a concealed weapon.
However, the US Supreme Court has just ruled against the law, resolving that it goes against the constitutional right to bear arms.
The ruling was a majority of 6-3.
It is outrageous that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits those who can carry concealed weapons.— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) June 23, 2022
It was argued that the Second Amendment includes the right to carry a gun for self-defence outside of the home by two men whose applications for a licence to carry a concealed weapon were previously denied.
A gun-rights advocacy group also made an oral argument.
The court's conservatives – including Justice Clarence Thomas – ruled in favour of overriding the New York law.
Justices Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor and Stephen Breyer opposed.
They reflected on multiple recent shootings and examples of gun violence across the country in their counterargument.
20,848 have died from gun violence in 2022. 279 from mass shootings.— Qian Julie Wang🔸王乾 (@QianJulieWang) June 23, 2022
Uvalde was just 30 days ago. there have been at least 33 mass shootings since.
today, the Supreme Court struck down a New York gun law requiring a proper cause permit for concealed carry outside the home.
Justice Stephen Breyer wrote: "Since the start of this year alone ... there have already been 277 reported mass shootings – an average of more than one per day."
He also referred to the use of guns against women in incidents of domestic violence.
"[A study] found that a woman is five times more likely to be killed by an abusive partner if that partner has access to a gun," he said.
"The consequences of gun violence are borne disproportionately by communities of color, and Black communities.
"Many states have tried to address some of the dangers of gun violence just described by passing laws that limit, in various ways, who may purchase, carry, or use firearms of different kinds.
"The court today severely burdens states’ efforts to do so," he continued.
Today's #SCOTUS opinion by Justice Thomas goes far beyond New York's gun law to announce an extremely broad requirement that all gun safety laws pass a historical test. This will doom far more laws than just New York's. This is a disaster.— Jay Michaelson (@jaymichaelson) June 23, 2022
In response to the ruling, New York Governor Kathy Hochul accused the Supreme Court of having 'recklessly struck down' the New York law.
She branded the move as 'outrageous' given the country is in 'a moment of national reckoning on gun violence'.
New York Congressman Richie Torres even accused the Supreme Court of having subsequently 'deepen[ed] the crisis of gun violence' in the city.
"This decision isn't just reckless—it's reprehensible."— ABC News (@ABC) June 23, 2022
Gov. Kathy Hochul decries Supreme Court decision striking down New York gun law, calling it "frightful in its scope of how they are setting back this nation and our ability to protect our citizens." https://t.co/VzW5hlXLn6 pic.twitter.com/2yt77wrc9q
Justice Alito – in support of the abolishment of the law – argued that the Buffalo shooting was not prevented by the New York law.
Justice Alito also dismissed the arguments surrounding the use of guns in domestic disputes.
However, Congressman Torres pressed that the ruling has meant 'life [in] NYC could be radically reshaped – for the worse'.
The ruling has already faced extreme backlash online, with many outraged given the recent spate of shootings that have seen the loss of many lives, including the lives of children.
The ruling could also impact similar legislation in many other states.
Areas that could also subsequently have their gun laws reshaped include California, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Maryland.
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