United States Supreme Court Boosts Second Amendment Rights

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The United States Supreme Court declared on Thursday for the first time that the United States Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense, awarding gun rights proponents a landmark victory in a nation bitterly divided over how to combat firearms violence.
The 6-3 decision, with conservative justices in the majority and liberal justices dissenting, overturned New York state’s restrictions on carrying concealed firearms outside the home. The court ruled that the 1913 statute violated a person’s right to “keep and bear weapons” under the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the decision, which stated that the Constitution guarantees “an individual’s right to carry a pistol for self-defense outside the home.”

We know of no other fundamental right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government authorities some unique need,” Thomas continued.

The verdict might jeopardize similar limitations in other states as well as other sorts of state and local gun prohibitions across the country.

Gun rights, which are held dear by many Americans and promised by the country’s founders in the 18th century, are a difficult topic in a society with high levels of weapons violence, including multiple mass shootings. The decision was denounced by President Joe Biden, who has termed gun violence a national embarrassment.

“This verdict goes against both common sense and the Constitution, and it should greatly concern us all,” Biden added. “In the aftermath of the heinous attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more – not less – as a society to safeguard our fellow Americans.”

In recent years, there have been hundreds of deaths in the United States as a result of dozens of mass shootings. In recent weeks, 19 children and two instructors were killed on May 24 at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and 10 people were killed on May 14 at a Buffalo, New York, grocery store.
According to Thomas, the New York prohibition is unconstitutional because it “prevents law-abiding persons with reasonable self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and carry guns.”

In dissent, liberal Justice Stephen Breyer stated that the court had enlarged gun rights without considering the “nature or severity” of firearms violence in a society with more guns per person than any other.

“I am concerned that the court’s approach overlooks these serious dangers and leaves states unable to remedy them,” Breyer wrote.

The justices overruled a lower court decision that had dismissed a challenge to the legislation brought by two-gun owners and the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association (NRA), a powerful gun rights organization closely affiliated with Republicans.

The decision is the court’s most significant declaration on gun rights in over a decade. In a case from the District of Columbia, the court recognized for the first time an individual’s right to keep guns at home for self-defense in 2008, and that right was extended to states in 2010.

The recent decision demonstrated how the court’s 6-3 conservative majority supports a broad interpretation of Second Amendment rights.

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