US Supreme Court strikes down gun law in New York

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds Right to Bear Arms in Public in Self-Defense in New York


R. Gelfenstein - The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law in New York restricting the carrying of guns in public, with a landmark ruling in favor of gun rights.

The decision comes as Congress is working on gun laws following recent mass shootings in Texas, New York and California.

Proponents of the New York law argue that its repeal would ultimately lead to more guns on the streets and higher rates of violent crime. The decision comes at a time when gun violence, which has already increased during the coronavirus pandemic, is rising again.

"Because New York State only issues public bear licenses when the applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state's licensing regime violates the Constitution," Judge Clarence said. Thomas.

The resolution could now have implications for seven other states with similar laws: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.

The decision comes at the height of the national debate over gun ownership in the country, sanctioned by the Second Amendment to the Constitution, following recent mass shootings.

A group of senators from both sides reached an agreement to pass legislation with minimum gun control measures, including confiscating guns from those deemed dangerous.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said the Constitution protects "the right of an individual to carry a firearm in self-defense outside his or her home."

In their ruling, the judges struck down a New York law that requires people to prove a specific need to carry a firearm in order to obtain a license to carry one in public. The justices said the requirement violated the Constitution's Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms."

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