Supreme Court Strikes Down New York’s Gun Control Law — Here’s What It Is

A Supreme Court ruling issued today that addresses the right to publicly carry a firearm is a major victory for gun rights advocates.

court case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association Inc. vs bruen, the most significant on gun rights in 14 years, overturns a century-old rule in New York that restricts concealed carry permits only to those who show “reasonable cause.” With today’s ruling, citizens will no longer need to prove a specific requirement to obtain a permit, potentially increasing the public proliferation of firearms in New York, including in crowded city locations. The decision comes at a time when concerns about gun violence across the country have risen after a school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that prompted Congress to act. bipartisan federal gun control law For the first time in 30 years.

“We conclude that the state’s licensing system violates the Constitution,” Opinion reads by Justice Clarence Thomas, saying it “prevents law-abiding citizens with normal self-defense needs.”

The Supreme Court rarely deals with gun cases. last time was 2008 DC vs HellerA major case in which judges dissected and defined the text of the Second Amendment ultimately ruled that the centuries-old amendment guaranteed all Americans the right to firearms, specifically for self-defense indoors.

The matter goes further when addressing public carry. It ruled in favor of the plaintiffs, who were denied a concealed carry permit by the New York State Police. New York is one of only eight states where “Can issue” rule, which means that the state decides whether someone qualifies for a concealed carry permit based on individual circumstances. Seventeen states will “issue,” meaning that a permit is guaranteed after some minor checks, and the remaining 25 do not require a permit. It remains to be seen whether this ruling compels other states to change their laws.

In the decision, the Court noted that there is no distinction in the text of the Second Amendment between home and public places when it comes to the right to self-defense. “The definition of bear naturally includes public carry,” it says. “If the Second Amendment guarantees a person’s right to self-defense in the case of a confrontation, then a conflict outside the home certainly can happen.”

The decision was expected after the final collapse of oral arguments, when conservative judges suggested the right to self-defense in New York. Chief Justice John Roberts proposed that a crowded, urban area is a place necessary for self-defense, more so than rural areas. “Okay, how much loot is there in the forest?” He asked. Justice Samuel Alito specifically mentioned the metro as a place where individuals would need to defend themselves.

The ruling would still allow some places to be firearm-free. The term “sensitive place” established in the Heller case includes schools and government buildings, but specifically says that calling the whole of Manhattan a “sensitive place” just because it is crowded is not legitimate. The ruling does not cite any other additional sensitive locations, including, importantly, the Metro.

In April, a shooter opened fire on a Brooklyn subway commuter car, injuring 29. Gun rights advocates argue that more people carrying guns can help prevent such incidents. However, the “good man with a gun” theory supported by the NRA has been debunked in two recent mass shootings: in Buffalo, where a gunman shot and killed an armed security guard; and in Uvalde, where Armed police officers failed to enter Rob’s Elementary School building lasted more than an hour. Recent data shows That police only shot the attacker in 98 out of 433 sample active shooter situations.

Gun safety advocates condemned the decision, predicting it would make public spaces more dangerous. Although there is no database that tracks gun crimes by concealed permit holders, states with more guns generally have more guns. Gun violence is also on the rise in New York during the pandemic; There were more shootings in New York City in the first half of 2021 than in the previous decade.

“Young people will die as a result of the Court’s decision,” the March for Our Lives, a student-led organization that supports strict gun rules, said in a statement. “The Supreme Court had a chance to prove that our lives deserve the full protection of the law, but instead, they became just another institution that values ​​guns over the American people.”

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