Supreme Court expands gun rights, striking New York limits

Supreme Court expands gun rights, striking New York limits

An abortion-rights activist stands outside the U.S. Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe) By JESSICA GRESKO WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major expansion of gun rights, the Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public. The justices’ 6-3 decision follows a series of recent mass shootings and is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities — including New York, Los Angeles and Boston — and elsewhere. About a quarter of the U.S. population live in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade. The ruling comes as Congress is working toward passage of gun legislation following mass shootings in Texas,New York and California. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.” In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public. The justices said that requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.” California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws. The Biden administration had urged the justices to uphold New York’s law. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said the decision comes at a particularly painful time, when New […]

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