In a momentous ruling, the Supreme Court has clarified the construction and meaning of the Second Amendment.
When the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen reached the Supreme Court, the Second Amendment and, more specifically, how states must interpret the constitutional guarantee of the “right to keep and bear weapons,” were scrutinized.
The court ruled, by a vote of 6-3, that the New York state law on carrying firearms violates the 14th Amendment and that individuals have the right to carry firearms outside the home. This was a monumental victory for the Second Amendment.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote: “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
Thomas subsequently added, “We reiterate that the standard for applying the Second Amendment is as follows: When the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct.”
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Justice Thomas was joined by Chief Justices John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. Justices Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonya Sotomayor dissented.
The issue at the heart of this case was whether the Second Amendment gives a person the right to carry concealed firearms for self-defense. Read more…