SCOTUS delivers NY a huge blow and the Second Amendment a win on gun ruling

The Supreme Court handed down its first ruling on a major gun case in over a decade, and with it dealt a monumental blow to New York’s famously strict firearm ownership rules.

In a 6-3 ruling on New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, SCOTUS affirmed that regulations set forth by the state of New York which made it difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit there were unconstitutional. Presently, one who seeks to obtain a license must prove they have “proper cause.” This rule has allowed officials to effectively determine who is worthy of having a license, and who is not. However, the desire to protect oneself and property was not considered “proper cause.”

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas in the Court’s opinion. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”

Oral arguments during the case appeared to fall in the conservative Justices’ favor.

“Why isn’t it good enough to say I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?” asked Justice Brett Kavanaugh.

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