The Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Americans can't be required to carry guns in public for their own protection. The constitution recognizes the right of citizens to self-defense in public places.
A New York state gun regulation that required citizens to prove they had a proper cause before getting a concealed carry license was struck down by a 6-3 ruling. The state denied Brandon Koch and Robert Nash's applications because they couldn't show they had a specific threat to their lives.
The Constitution respects American citizens' right to self-defense in public according to the 63-page ruling penned by Justice Clarence Thomas.
The right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home is protected by the Second and Fourteenth Amendments.
He wrote that the right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not a second class right.
That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.
At least half a dozen other states, with a quarter of the nation's population, have "two-step" gun permit laws similar to the New York statute. As many as eight other states and the District of Columbia could be affected by Thursday's ruling.
Wayne LaPierre is the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association. The right to self-defense should not end at your house. Law-abiding Americans who have lived under unconstitutional regimes all across our country, particularly in cities and states with revolving door criminal justice systems, no cash bail and increased harassment of law enforcement, can now breathe a sigh of relief.
According to an analysis of New York Police Department statistics by the New York Post, there has been a 26% rise in violent crime in New York City over the last four years.
The Second Amendment protects the right of individuals to keep and bear arms, not just state militias.
Thomas stated that the Constitution should be interpreted by the original intent of the founding fathers. He wrote that this process is more legitimate and more administrable than asking judges to make difficult empirical judgments about firearms restrictions.
The decision was dismissed by the former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Joe Biden, who said it was contrary to both common sense and the constitution.
Even as a bipartisan coalition of senators appear poised to pass new restrictions on gun rights, including cracking down on private gun sales and incentivizing states to adopt so-called red flag laws, the Supreme Court's decision came even as it did.
Blue states are trying to figure out how to respond to the high court ruling. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who recently signed a fresh round of gun control laws, has warned she may call a special session of the state Legislature to pass new laws.
Lawmakers discussed broadening the category to put most public places off-limits since the ruling says that states may require concealed carry permits and may ban guns from "sensitive places".
Thomas wrote that "expanding the category of'sensitive places' to include all places of public congregation that are not isolated from law enforcement defines the category of'sensitive places' far too broadly."
The belief that innocent life should be protected from aggression is reflected in the right to keep and bear arms.
The right of self-defense and resistance to tyranny is implied by the image of human dignity that emerged from Judeo-Christian revelation.
In addition to joining the 6-3 opinion, Justices Samuel Alito and Amy ConeyBarrett each filed separate concurrences. The court's liberal bloc had a dissent written by Justice Stephen Breyer.
Alito asked, "How does the dissent account for the fact that one of the mass shootings happened in Buffalo?" The New York law didn't stop that person.
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