Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Gun Owners

New York’s rules on concealed carry restrictions violate Second Amendment. 

In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday that New York’s regulations requiring applicants for concealed carry licenses to “show proper cause” were unconstitutionally restrictive. The standard allowed New York officials to exercise discretion in determining whether or not a person had provided a strong enough reason to carry a firearm. 

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the Court’s opinion. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.” 

New York Governor Hochul and legislative leaders responded negatively to the ruling, calling it “reprehensible.” Other states with similar restrictions include California, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Delaware. 

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the Supreme Court justices as they release decisions in cases regarding guns. 
  • For members of Congress as they consider the balance between public safety and firearm regulation. 

Sources: New York Times, Fox News, Daily News


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