TGP reported that the Supreme Court would probably rule on many cases in the next couple of days. Of course, they were right!
Now, the Supreme Court decided against New York’s law that includes strict rules for concealed carry in the state.
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Before the ruling, the state could decide who is wanted to have this right and who it didn’t.
New York requires its residents to obtain a license for lawful possession of a firearm, regardless of whether they plan to keep it at home or take it outside. To obtain a license, a licensing officer must determine whether the applicant is of good moral character, lacks a history of crime or mental illness, and that “no good cause exists for the denial of the license.”
Applicants must also have “proper cause” to lawfully conceal carry a handgun—openly carrying a handgun is entirely banned. New York law leaves “proper cause” undefined, but courts have clarified that this standard means one must “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”
Merely having the “generalized desire” to conceal carry, according to the courts, “does not constitute ‘proper cause.’”
The Supreme Court ruled:
ABC 7 New York reported:
The justices’ 6-3 decision is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities – including New York, Los Angeles and Boston – and elsewhere. About a quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade.
The ruling comes as Congress is actively working on gun legislation following recent mass shootings in Texas,New York and California.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public. The justices said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
UPDATE: Jonathan Turley, a constitutional law professor, stated that the same NY group promoted a gun case a couple of years ago up to the DC< and pulled the case ahead of the SC taking it, infuriating the justices.
Justice Thomas was the one who spearheaded today’s case from the same NY anti-guns group, and the decision was released on his birthday.
It’s one of the most impactful cases.