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The United States Supreme Courtwith a conservative majority, annulled a law in the state of New York which imposed one of the strictest restrictions on the carrying of Firearms in the country, since it required that anyone who wanted to carry a weapon in public show that they had “just cause” to do so.
“The Second and Fourteenth Amendment protect the right of an individual to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home,” said Judge Clarence Thomaswho wrote the majority opinion.
“New York’s good cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense,” Justice Thomas added. .
The 6-3 ruling, which was dissented by the liberal judges, has profound implications for the country’s security, since it coincides with the shocking increase in crimes with firearms in the country, as well as massacres such as the one that occurred in a uvalde elementary school, Texas. However, the main focus of concern is on New York and another list of seven states that have similar laws. With this, people will be able to access the carrying of weapons in public more easily.
“Terrible, absolutely terrible,” said the governor of New York, Kathy Hochulbefore adding that this is a “deprivation of our right to impose reasonable restrictions.”
“It is a black day. But we will back down, we will defend ourselves,” Hochul promised.
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Meanwhile, the powerful gun lobby in the United States, the National Rifle Association (NRA)welcomed the ruling of the Supreme Court.
“The NRA achieves a victory!” exclaimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) on its Twitter account, to highlight that the highest US court had declared “unconstitutional” the “restrictions” on the carrying of weapons provided for in a law of the New York State (East).
This is the first time the Supreme Court has ruled that the US Constitution protects a person’s right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense. Earlier, in 2008, the court had already recognized a person’s right to keep guns at home after examining a case from the District of Columbia. For this reason, one of the readings of this ruling points to the fact that the Supreme Court has expanded the rights to carry weapons, granting historical support to their defenders.
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