"The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not 'a second-class right' nor subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees." - Justice Clarence Thomas.
Dubbed by the NRA (National Rifle Association) as a 'watershed' win, the Supreme Court strikes down a New York gun-control law that required people to show "proper cause" to get a license to carry a concealed handgun outside the home in a 6-3 decision. The Court affirms that the right to bear arms does not stop at a person’s front door and says the law violates the Constitution.
Many have called this the most significant Second Amendment ruling in more than a decade, and Wayne LaPierre, Executive Vice President of the NRA has echoed the sentiment,
“The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home. This ruling brings life-saving justice to law-abiding Americans who have lived under unconstitutional regimes all across our country, particularly in cities and states with revolving door criminal justice systems, no cash bail and increased harassment of law-enforcement. ”
Wayne LaPierre, speaks at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during the NRA annual convention in Houston, Texas,
The NRA has also vowed to continue fighting what it said are unconstitutional gun laws in America but noted “the importance of this case cannot be understated and today NRA members enjoy a well-deserved victory.”
More significantly, the Supreme Court ruling on guns Thursday is likely to lead to other challenges to gun safety laws across the country. NYSRPA v. Bruen challenged New York's requirement that applicants for concealed carry licenses demonstrate "proper cause" to carry a firearm outside of their home. The state of New York has routinely used this specific requirement to deny citizens the ability to protect themselves. Before today, New York was one of six states and the District of Columbia that operate under "may-issue" statute. The NRA has, since the late 80's, focused on abolishing such practice in favor of "shall issue" or "constitutional carry"; which law-abiding citizens can exercise their right to carry as long as they meet certain objective criteria.
The U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, DC.
The five other remaining states that have similar regulations are California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jersey, which include some of the most densely populated cities in the nation that struggle with violent crimes and gun violence.
This is a big win for personal protection for the good men and women of America.