US Supreme court strikes down New York handgun law

US Supreme court strikes down New York handgun law

Highlights

  • US Supreme Court overturned a New York State law asking people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get the license to carry it outside of their homes.
  • The court said that the requirement violates the second amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
  • Top Democrats in New York criticized the decision and stated it was a highly reprehensible act.

The US Supreme Court on Thursday, 23, June paved the way for almost all law-abiding American people to carry concealed and loaded guns in public, after striking down the New York State law requiring ‘Proper Cause’ to carry firearms outside the home.

About almost 25% of the US population lives in states expected to be affected by this decision. This law is considered the first major gun decision of the high court in more than a decade.

The decision will directly affect at least six States -New York, California, Hawaii, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Maryland as they all have similar laws. And these states consist of some densely populated cities of the country.

What is the case about?

The New York law which has been in force since 1913, like many other states require gun owners to demonstrate a ‘Specific Reason’ Or ‘Proper Cause’ Or need for carrying a gun to receive a license. Only license holders can carry a gun in a concealed manner in public.

Other landmark gun decisions issued by the court were in 2008 and 2010, according to which individual gun ownership rights were preserved within homes on a national basis.

This time the question before the court was “what about carrying the handgun outside the home? ” Here US Supreme court found that the ‘Proper Cause’ requirement violates the second amendment right of an American citizen to “Keep and bear arms” under the US Constitution.

Reactions

The Justice’s opinion split the court in a 6 to 3 ruling, with the liberal justices in dissentment and the conservative justices in the majority.

The expansion of gun rights comes subsequent to a series of mass shootings in Buffalo, Grocery store, and another in an elementary school that has impacted the US badly. The ruling has reignited the national debate on gun control.

On behalf of the six conservative judges (Chief Justice John Roberts, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Clarence Thomas, and Amy Coney Barrett) who constitute the Court’s majority, Justice Clarence Thomas stated that ” All Americans have the right to carry commonly used firearms in public for self-defense, and the state’s previous licensing practice violates the Constitution of US”.

 Court’s three liberals (Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, and Stephen Breyer) dissented and disagreed with the majority decision.

On one end NRA (The National Rifle Association) called the ruling a “Watershed win”, on the other end several Democrats describe it as an ” Absolutely Shocking Decision ” they also added that they are deeply disappointed, and the state is at further risk of gun violence.