SCOTUS strikes down NY concealed carry restrictions in gun rights case
The Supreme Court ruled New York state’s law requiring unrestricted concealed-carry license applicants show a need for self-defense violates the constitution.
The justices ruled 6-3 along ideological lines in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen. Justice Thomas authored the majority opinion writing:”that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.
The petitioners in the case, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, were denied unrestricted licenses because the licensing officer determined they did not establish a non-speculative need for armed self-defense in all public places.
Paul D. Clement, counsel for the petitioners, argued New York’s law made it “all but impossible” for law-abiding citizens to exercise their Second Amendment rights because it placed the decision in the hands of a local official “vested with broad discretion.”
New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood argued Supreme Court precedent and state and federal law allows restrictions on when and where gun owners can carry their weapons. In Washington, Ray Bogan, Straight Arrow News.