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The Supreme Court on Thursday expanded the right to bear arms in the country by striking down a New York state law that prohibits carrying weapons in public.
The ruling had the court’s six conservative justices voting in favor and the three progressive justices voting against.
The ruling may now have implications in seven other states with similar laws: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and Rhode Island.
The ruling comes in the midst of a national debate over gun ownership in the country, enshrined in the Second Amendment to the Constitution.
Democrats advocate banning the sale of different types of guns and conducting comprehensive background checks on gun buyers, while Republicans claim that the problem is not guns, but the mental health crisis of Americans.
A group of senators from both parties reached an agreement to pass legislation with minimum gun control measures, including confiscation of weapons from people who are considered a danger.