The US Supreme Court, in a 6-3 ruling Thursday, struck down key provisions of New York state’s gun law, one of the most restrictive in the country, making it easier for owners with license carry concealed firearms into public spaces.
The high court, divided along its usual ideological lines, ruled that New York’s framework for granting concealed firearms permits gives too much discretion to licensing officers, usually a local judge or law enforcement agency, in violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The decision will almost certainly mean more firearms in public spaces, especially in New York City, where unrestricted carry permits are especially difficult to obtain. New Jersey, Delaware, Massachusetts, Hawaii and California are among a handful of states with similar rules, which will likely impose looser restrictions there as well.
New York officials have long credited the state’s strict permitting regime as key to maintaining public safety in densely populated areas, none more so than New York City, statistically one of the safest large cities in the country. despite increases in gun violence during the pandemic era.
New York will now have to comply with existing carry laws in more than 42 states, where concealed carry permits are decided by an objective test, such as background checks and applicant minimum age, or where no permit is required. carrying. at all by licensed firearm owners.
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The ruling builds on a 2008 Supreme Court decision that found a constitutional right under the Second Amendment to keep a firearm in the home for self-defense. The court now emphatically extends that right to public places, forcing officials in states with strict gun control to adapt, even as the nation recoils from a series of high-profile mass shootings.