US Supreme Court overturns New York small arms law, dealing bitter blow to gun control

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The U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for nearly all law-abiding Americans to carry concealed and loaded pistols in public after the conservative majority repealed a law in New York that imposed strict restrictions on outdoor firearms.

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The New York governor, a Democrat, said the ruling was “not only reckless, but reprehensible.” Referring to recent mass shootings in New York and Texas, a leading progressive group called the statement “shameful and outrageous.”

Joe Biden said: “This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and would cause great concern to all of us.”

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The New York law that was repealed Thursday required anyone who wanted to carry a gun in public to prove they had “a good reason” for doing so.

The decision in the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v Bruen makes the law an unconstitutional violation of the Second Amendment right to bear arms.

In his ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas wrote“Apart from a few late 1800s jurisdictions, U.S. governments have simply not universally banned the public carrying of commonly used personal defense firearms. Nor have they generally required law-abiding, responsible citizens to “demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinct from that of the general community” to bear arms in public.

New York law, Thomas wrote, also violated the 14th Amendment, which allowed the right of second amendment to apply to the states.

In his statement, Biden pointed to the longevity of New York’s gun laws and the Supreme Court’s acceptance of the need to regulate gun ownership.

The president said: “Since 1911, New York State has required individuals who wish to carry a concealed weapon in public to demonstrate the need for self-defense and obtain a permit. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to take down New York’s established authority to protect its citizens.”

Biden added: “If the late [conservative] Justice [Antonin] Scalia acknowledged, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who can buy or possess weapons, the types of weapons they can use, and the places where they can carry them. The courts have upheld these rules.

“I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are at stake.”

Biden said the ruling

Biden said the ruling “is contrary to common sense and the constitution.” Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The ruling has profound implications for the safety and behavior of up to 83 million people in New York and seven other states plus Washington DC with similar laws for “good reasons”. They include densely populated states, such as California and New Jersey, which represent about three in four Americans.

Just weeks ago, an 18-year-old was carrying a legally purchased assault rifle shot and killed Ten people in a racist attack on a supermarket in a predominantly black neighborhood of Buffalo, New York.

Ten days later, another 18-year-old broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, and… murdered 19 children and two adults before being shot dead by police.

Democratic and Republican senators have since agreed on a framework for weapons reform. On Thursday, Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, said the proposals did not put a finger on the second amendment and would make the country safer. But any gun legislation inevitably faces strong headwinds, with the potential to blow all the way to court. McConnell helped pack with conservatives.

In his dissenting opinion on the New York ruling, Stephen Breyer, a soon-to-be-retired liberal judge wrote: “By 2020, 45.222 Americans were killed by firearms. Since the beginning of this year there are 277 reported mass shootings – more than one per day on average.

“Weapon violence has now surpassed motor vehicle accidents as the leading cause of death among children and adolescents. Many states have attempted to address some of the dangers of gun violence just described by passing laws that variously restrict who can buy, carry, or use firearms of different types.

“The court today places a heavy burden on the efforts of states to do this.”

Rahna Epting, executive director of the progressive group MoveOn, lamented “an outrageous and outrageous decision that will lead to more deaths and more violence,” adding: “The conservatively overcrowded Supreme Court, in consultation with Republicans in Congress, is make sure that our schools, our supermarkets and our churches will continue to be the target of violence and not the sanctuaries and safe places they should be.”

The court has continually undermined gun laws. In 2008, it recognized the right to keep guns at home for self-defense. It extended that right in 2010.

The New York case reached court after two men sued the state. Under the “good cause” law, the men could only be granted unrestricted permission to carry concealed weapons in public if they could demonstrate a special need for self-protection. Lawyers argued that carrying a firearm outdoors was a “fundamental constitutional right.” It is not an extraordinary action that requires an extraordinary demonstration of need.”

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Several civil rights and gun safety groups tried to dissuade the court from scrapping the New York regulations. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) argued that lifting controls on carrying arms in public places would harm First Amendment rights such as assembly, association, and speech. Gun control proponents warned that scrapping the law could worsen relations between police and civilians, as anyone who comes into contact with law enforcement officers would be more likely to be legally armed.

On Thursday, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said: “The Supreme Court is putting us backwards in dealing with gun violence … This decision is not only reckless, it is reprehensible.” Hochul too said she was “willing to call the legislature back into session to address this”.

Letitia James, the New York Attorney General, said the decision would not stop us from standing up to the gun lobby and their repeated attempts to endanger New Yorkers.

Brian Fresh, the Attorney General of Maryland, said the ruling would “make life harder and more dangerous for law enforcement officers. The epidemic of gun violence sweeping our nation daily demonstrates the folly of introducing more guns into this boiling cauldron.”

Epting said: “It’s hard to imagine a Supreme Court having more contact with the people. Common sense policies to reduce gun violence are supported by nine out of ten Americans. This court has once again shown its true colours. It is now nothing more than the political arm of the most extreme elements of the Republican party.”

Referring to McConnell’s unprecedented denial of even a hearing with Barack Obama’s third candidate — Merrick Garland, now Attorney General — and the confirmation of three judges under Donald Trump, Epting said Republicans “stole seats and packed up this court to determine which voters have repeatedly rejected at the ballot box.

“It’s been a long time since we expanded, reformed and restored the balance in our justice system.”

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