US Supreme Court strikes down law restricting gun rights in New York

Justice Clarence Thomas said Americans had the right to carry “commonly used” guns for defence under the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

The US Supreme Court has struck down a court ruling restricting the gun carrying rights in New York.

The New York state law had required people who wanted a gun licence to prove they had “proper cause” to carry a concealed firearm and that they were in “a special or unique” danger.

The Supreme Court overturned the law, voting 6-3, saying it violated the Constitutional right to bear arms.

The court is currently comprised of six conservative-leading judges, and three liberal justices.

The ruling could impact other states with strict rules on concealed carry licences.

Justice Clarence Thomas said Americans had the right to carry “commonly used” guns for defence under the Second Amendment of the Constitution.

America’s powerful gun lobby, the NRA, on Thursday welcomed the ruling.

“NRA wins SCOTUS case!” the National Rifle Association tweeted, using the acronym for the US Supreme Court.

The court’s decision will prove controversial in the wake of the shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, a month ago today.

Nineteen young children and two teachers were killed when an 18-year-old stormed the school with a semi-automatic rifle. He also shot his grandmother.

Originally published as US Supreme Court strikes down law restricting gun rights in New York




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