Supreme Court bolsters right to carry a weapon in public

The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the right of gun owners to carry a loaded gun in public, ruling that the Second Amendment right to “carry guns” overrides laws in New York and California that restrict who legally allowed to take guns with them when they leave the house.

The court’s conservative majority, in a 6-3 ruling, said the constitution puts those decisions in the hands of gun owners, not local officials, county sheriffs or others who fear too many guns on the street pose a threat to gun owners represent public safety.

Judge Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority, saying the New York restriction violated the Constitution “in so far as it prevents law-abiding citizens with normal self-defense needs from exercising their right to bear and bear arms.”

The statement said the 2nd and 14th amendments “protect a person’s right to carry a pistol outside the home in self-defense.”

The judgment of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn. vs. Bruen is the most significant victory for gun rights since 2008, when the judiciary first ruled that the 2nd Amendment protects a person’s right to own a gun, not just states’ right to have a “well-regulated militia” to entertain.

It also reflects how the three people appointed by President Trump have shifted the court to the right. For the past decade, the court has dismissed lawsuits challenging the licensing laws in California and elsewhere. But the arrival of Justices Brett M. Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett created a majority to strengthen the right to bear arms.

Gun control advocates said they feared a Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to bear arms in public could lead to a massive increase in the number of guns on the streets of major cities.

The decision comes after back-to-back mass shootings last month in Buffalo, NY, and Uvalde, Texas, and as Congress prepares to pass a modest bipartisan gun violence measure, the first in three decades.

The bill would increase background checks for potential gun buyers aged 18 to 21 and close the “friend” gap by banning anyone convicted of abusing a spouse or domestic partner from buying a gun. Supreme Court bolsters right to carry a weapon in public

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