Supreme Court rules in favor of firearms owners in major 2nd Amendment
From Johnny@21:1/5 to All on Thu Jun 23 10:48:40 2022
By Ronn Blitzer
Published June 23, 2022
The Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-3 that New York’s regulations that
made it difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun were unconstitutionally restrictive, and that it should be easier to obtain
such a license.
The existing standard required an applicant to show "proper cause" for
seeking a license, and allowed New York officials to exercise
discretion in determining whether a person has shown a good enough
reason for needing to carry a firearm. Stating that one wished to
protect themselves or their property was not enough.
"In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary,
law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly
for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with
Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect
an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the
home," Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the Court's opinion. "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."