The Supreme Court has issued its first major Second Amendment ruling in more than a decade and it is a win for gun owners.
Fox News reports that the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 that New York’s restrictions on guns made it too difficult to obtain a license to carry a firearm for law-abiding gun owners.
New York’s law required an applicant show “proper cause” for obtaining a carry permit and the Supreme Court ruled that was too restrictive.
“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.”
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, was the first major gun rights case before the Supreme Court in more than a decade.
In an exchange with Justice Samuel Alito, New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood recognized that if an applicant stated that the leave work late at night and have to walk from a subway station through a high-crime neighborhood to get home, that person would be denied because they did not cite a specific threat.
“How is that consistent with the core right to self-defense?” Alito asked, stating that this is at the core of the Second Amendment.
You can read the opinion authored by Justice Clarence Thomas by clicking HERE.