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US Supreme Court upholds right to bear arms in public |  American News


The United States Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home, in an important new decision for gun rights.

The ruling is expected to allow more people to legally carry guns in some of America’s biggest cities – such as Los Angeles, New York and Boston – and is the court’s first major gun rights ruling in more than of a decade.

It comes as Congress works on changes to gun laws following shootings in Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered, and in Buffalo, where 10 people were killed in a supermarket.

Thousands of people have since taken to the streets across the United States demanding stricter gun control.

But Supreme Court justices struck down a New York state law – in effect since 1913 – that required people to demonstrate special need in order to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon in public.

They said it violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the decision “absolutely shocking” and said she was “sorry this dark day has come.”

Joe Biden, whose administration had urged the court to maintain the status quo, said he was “deeply disappointed”.

He said it contradicted “both common sense and the constitution, and should trouble us all deeply”.

“I call on Americans across the country to raise their voices on gun safety. Lives are at stake,” the president added.

However, the powerful firearms group, the National Rifle Association, called the decision “a monumental victory for NRA members and for gun owners across the country.”

People can legally carry a gun in public in most of the United States, but it’s more difficult in some states.

In New York, “lawful cause” must be demonstrated when applying for an unrestricted concealed carry license. This includes demonstrating a real, rather than speculative, need for self-defense.

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People who want the law to stay in place fear it will lead to more gun violence

California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland and Rhode Island have similar laws that are now open to challenge.

Proponents of the New York law had argued that a change would lead to more guns on the streets and violent crime.

But the court found that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun in self-defense outside the home.”

Judge Clarence Thomas, who wrote the ruling, said New York law “prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to own and bear arms.”

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He added: “We are not aware of any other constitutional right which an individual can exercise only after demonstrating to
government officials have a special need.

The decision was split 6-3, with the Conservative justices backing the change and the Liberal members dissenting.

The Supreme Court last ruled on gun rights in 2008 and 2010 when it said the Second Amendment enshrined the right to keep a gun inside the home.

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Current efforts to strengthen laws after the horror of Uvalde and Buffalo are expected to be the biggest in decades — but still small due to resistance from Republicans and gun advocacy groups to breaking the Second Amendment.

His proposals include tightening background checks on gun buyers convicted of domestic violence or serious crimes as minors.

Tougher changes backed by Democrats, such as banning assault weapons or high-capacity magazines, were left out of the bipartisan bill.

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