SCOTUS downs New York’s restriction on hidden transportation as “unconstitutional” – Biden expresses “deep disappointment”

Judge Clarence Thomas co-authored the Court’s 63-page ruling, noting that New York law did not establish exactly what the “proper reason” was, and that a simple desire by the applicant to protect himself or his property was sufficient reason to award damages. hidden carrying permit. Photo: United States Supreme Court Collection

WASHINGTON, DC — On Thursday, the Supreme Court overturned a New York law that regulates the concealed carrying of firearms as being “unconstitutionally restrictive”, say that the road to obtaining such a permit should be less difficult.

By a vote of 6 to 3, the Supreme Court ruled that New York law – requiring those applying for a concealed carry license to show “good reason” and gave officials ample leeway to determine whether that bar was cleared — was a violation of the Second Amendment.

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The Case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, was the first major Supreme Court ruling in a gun case in more than a decade.

Judge Clarence Thomas, who co-authored the Court’s 63-page ruling on the ruling, noted that New York law didn’t define exactly what “good reason” and that a simple desire by the applicant to protect themselves or their property was sufficient reason to grant a concealed carrying license.


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“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry small arms in public for self-defense. We too agree, and now believe… that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outdoors,” Thomas said. “Because New York State only issues public permits when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state’s licensing system violates the Constitution.”

Previously, only those who showed that “special need for self-protection” were granted the right to carry a concealed weapon by New York officials, Thomas noted.

“This ‘special needs’ standard is demanding,” Thomas wrote. “For example, living or working in an area known for criminal activity is not enough.”

43 other states in the country have much less strict guidelines for licensing concealed transportation, without the leeway to set their own specific requirements as to what is and isn’t “good reason.”

While the decision was a major victory for gun rights activists, President Joe Biden said he was “deeply disappointed” with the Court’s ruling, and New York Governor Kathy Hochul declared that her states “just started”, say she is “willing to go back to muskets” through gun restrictions.

“Does everyone understand what a concealed weapon means? That you have no warning that someone can hide a gun on it and go on our subways, go to our supermarkets, like stores in Buffalo, New York, where I come from,” Hochul said. “This decision is not just reckless. It is objectionable. It’s not what New Yorkers want. And we should have the right to determine what we want to do in terms of our gun laws in our state.”

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