David Hogg at a rally in front of the Supreme Court.
The gun-control activist David Hogg at a rally outside the US Supreme Court on November 3.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that the US Constitution protects an individual's right to carry a gun outside the home for self-defense.

The gun permit law in New York that required people to show a "proper cause" for carrying a gun outside their homes was struck down by the court.

The court's conservative majority supported the view that New York's rule was in violation of the constitution.

There is no other constitutional right that an individual can use only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. The First Amendment doesn't work like that when it comes to unpopular speech or religion. The Sixth Amendment doesn't work when it comes to a defendants right to confront witnesses. The Second Amendment doesn't work when it comes to public carry.

Three of the court's liberals dissented.

Many States have tried to limit gun violence by passing laws that limit the amount of guns that can be used.

Who can purchase, carry, or use firearms varies. The court burdens States' efforts to do so.

The court's decision to uphold the New York statute is a victory for gun-rights activists and a blow to gun safety advocates.

Fourteen years ago, the nation's top court expanded gun rights. In that 2008 ruling, the majority decided that individuals had the right to own a gun for personal use in the home, rejecting the interpretation of the Second Amendment as a collective right to keep and bear arms.

The Second Amendment protects a right to keep and bear arms, according to the gun-rights advocates. He was trying to keep his arms up. This is a case about carrying them. Joseph Blocher, a professor at the Duke University School of Law who is a co-director of the school's Center for Firearms Law, told Insider that the words were in the amendment.

Two New York men were denied state permits to carry concealed guns in public for self-defense because they applied for them. Their challenge was supported by the National Rifle Association. The case was argued in November. The justices appeared to be open to tossing out the law that had been upheld.

Legal experts think the ruling will bring more guns into public places. California, Massachusetts, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Hawaii all have the same concealed- carry licensing rules. 73 million people live in those states

The decision will allow more people to defend themselves.

Stephen P. Halbrook said that the people who seek permits to carry don't have criminal histories.

Halbrook told Insider before the ruling that he thought the impact on public safety would be positive.

Legislative actions may be taken in response to the decision to change gun laws. States could start to place restrictions on concealed carry in larger public areas such as college campuses and sports stadiums.

A recent string of deadly mass shootings across the country has prompted congressional Democrats and Republicans to draft legislation. The most significant gun regulations in decades, including tightened background checks for gun buyers under the age of 21, are included in the bipartisan bill, but it falls short of what President Joe Biden and Democrats have proposed.

Gun-control activists are expected to put more pressure on state and national lawmakers to tackle the crisis after the Supreme Court's decision.

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