US Supreme Court extends gun rights
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US Supreme Court extends gun rights

The U.S. Supreme Court has declared for the first time that the U.S. Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry a gun publicly for self-defense, handing a milestone to gun rights advocates in a country deeply divided over the approach. Of gun violence.

The 6-3 ruling, with the court’s conservative judges in the majority and progressive judges disagreeing, lifted New York State’s restrictions on carrying concealed pistols outdoors.

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The court ruled that the law, enacted in 1913, violated a person’s right to “have and bear arms” under the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.

The ruling, drafted by Judge Clarence Thomas, stated that the constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a gun for self-defense outdoors.”

Thomas added: “We know of no other constitutional right that a person may only exercise after demonstrating a special need to government officials.”

The New York restriction is unconstitutional because it “prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to have and bear weapons,” Thomas added.

The judges overturned a lower court ruling and launched a challenge to the law by two gun owners and the New York subsidiary of the National Rifle Association, an influential gun rights group closely associated with Republicans.

The ruling is the court’s most significant decision on gun rights in more than a decade.

The court first recognized an individual’s right to keep weapons at home for self-defense in a District of Columbia case in 2008 and applied that right to the states in 2010.

The new ruling underlined how the 6-3 Conservative majority in court sympathizes with an extensive reading of the rights of the Second Amendment.

Under the New York law’s “good reason” requirement, applicants seeking an unrestricted concealed carry license must convince a state firearms licensee of an actual, rather than speculative, need for self-defense.

Officials may also grant licenses limited to certain activities, such as hunting or target practice.

The ruling could lead to many more people securing concealed pistol-carrying licenses in the state, undermining similar restrictions in other states, and jeopardizing different types of state and local firearms restrictions across the country by requiring judges to use them with them. A more skeptical eye to examine the U.S. Constitution.

The ruling said the New York concealed firearms regime is at odds with the text and history of the Second Amendment and how gun rights have been protected throughout U.S. history.

Firearms safety groups and gun control activists feared that a sweeping ruling against New York could undermine gun control measures, such as “red flag” laws targeting the firearms of people deemed dangerous by the courts, extensive criminal background checks for gun buyers, or restrictions on gun control. The sale of untraceable “ghost” pistols composed of parts purchased online.

They also feared that such a ruling could jeopardize the ban on weapons in sensitive places such as airports, courthouses, hospitals, and schools.

The U.S. Senate is set for a vote later on Thursday to introduce a bipartisan gun control bill that supporters hope will help curb mass shootings in what could become the first new federal gun law in decades.

Eight U.S. states, including New York, empower officials to decide whether people can carry concealed pistols in public, even if they meet criteria such as criminal background checks.

Gun rights, dear to many in the U.S. and promised by its 18th-century founders, are a controversial issue in a country with a lot of gun violence, including countless mass shootings.

The administration of U.S. President Joe Biden supported New York in the case.

In a concurring opinion, Judge Samuel Alito downplayed the scope of the ruling, adding that the court said “nothing about who can legally own a firearm or the requirements that must be met to buy a gun. Nor does it decide anything about the kinds of weapons that people can possess”.