The Supreme Court of the United States has struck a blow for the Second Amendment in a major ruling upholding Americans’ right to concealed carry firearms in a case from New York.
Justice Clarence Thomas authored the majority 6-3 ruling in the case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen on Thursday. SCOTUS heard arguments on the case in November regarding the law’s requirement to demonstrate a “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry permit for a pistol or revolver.
Thomas wrote in the 6-3 decision that the Second Amendment guarantees the right of American citizens to carry a gun outside the home. New York’s “proper-cause” requirement to obtain a concealed-carry license therefore “violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense,” Thomas wrote.
The Supreme Court’s decision was based on applying the Heller test.
The three dissenting justices were Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan. Read the entire ruling here.
The SCOTUS decision comes amid a push in the U.S. Congress to pass a sweeping new push for gun control legislation, including a legally dubious provision on “red flag” laws that might conceivably violate Second Amendment rights, as well as Fifth Amendment due process rights.
On Tuesday, 14 Republican Senators joined with the Democratic Party to advance the bill to the Senate floor for a vote. Ten GOP Senators appear poised to vote for the package. Meanwhile, House Republicans are making a show of resistance to the bill, which would be all but passed if Senate Republicans are commited to defecting.
The Supreme Court decision upholding Second Amendment rights rendered on Thursday comes in the aftermath of the Uvalde, Texas mass shooting that killed at least 19 schoolchildren and two adults. The decision his already causing shockwaves throughout the mainstream media, as radical Democrats and left-leaning Republicans alike scheme for ways to limit law-abiding American citizens’ gun rights.
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