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The Supreme Court struck down a New York law that only allowed firearm owners to get a concealed carry license if they had proper cause, a blow to gun control advocates that marks the court's most significant Second Amendment ruling in over a decade.

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The Supreme Court ruled that New York's concealed carry law is unconstitutional because it stops law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from practicing their Second amendment right to bear arms.

New York's law that only gave licenses to firearm owners who have "proper cause" was found to be in violation of the Second Amendment by gun owners in the state.

The Second Amendment is not a second-class right according to Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote for the court's majority that the law was too burdensome.

The court rejected New York's argument that the law is in line with past precedents that limit how firearms can be carried in public places.

Justices disagreed with New York's argument that the law is designed to help keep firearms out of "sensitive places" where more people congregate.

Kathy Hochul said that the court had "recklessly struck down" the concealed carry law and that the state is considering its options.

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Thomas argued that keeping firearms for self-defense to the home would make little sense.

Chief Critic

The court's ruling ignores the significant dangers of gun violence, and leaves states without the ability to address them. Many States have tried to address some of the dangers of gun violence by passing laws that limit who can purchase, carry, or use firearms. The court burdens states with their efforts to do so.

What To Watch For

Some states have the same laws. California, Delaware, Hawaii, and Maryland have concealed carry laws that are similar to New York's. Other states don't require permits but will issue them to people. The court may overturn those laws now that they have ruled. A special session of the state legislature may be called to update the law in order to comply with the ruling, Hochul said. Other firearm laws could be rolled back because of the court's view of the Second Amendment.


The court's ruling comes weeks after the U.S. faced a new series of high-profile mass shootings that have put a renewed focus on gun control legislation. Justice Samuel Alito suggested during the court's oral arguments that having a gun to use for self-defense on the subway was a reason to support the ruling.

Key Background

The Supreme Court ruling came after the district and appeals courts in New York ruled in favor of the law. A similar rule in Washington, D.C. was struck down in federal court in 2016 and again in the same year. The case marked the Supreme Court's biggest gun rights case since 2008, when the court ruled that the Second Amendment allows people to keep guns in their homes.

The Supreme Court may strike down New York's restrictions on concealed carry of guns.

The second amendment gun rights case will be heard by the Supreme Court.