In-the-News Update [Issue: 2nd Amendment]

In-the-News Update [Issue: 2nd Amendment]

The Supreme Court of the United States has been very busy lately, dropping landmark decisions back-to-back-to-back. One such decision, which was ruled on on June 23, in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, has resulted in a legal precedent that not only struck down unconstitutional firearms laws, but also paved the way for legal challenges against even more gun control laws across the country. The case in question sought to challenge New York’s “May issue” standard for issuing concealed carry permits, in which the state, or even local law enforcement retained discretion over who the state would issue a concealed carry permit to on the basis of the individual being able to provide proof of a “valid need” to carry. Even if an individual could pass all the prerequisites like a background check, the state could still deny their application for a carry permit if the person’s reasons for carrying were not deemed valid or necessary by the state; as if self-defense of one’s person or loved ones isn’t reason enough. This obviously conflicts with the principles of the 2nd Amendment. But fortunately, the majority of justices on the Supreme Court could see this conflict, and subsequently ruled that the law was unconstitutional. This is a massive win for gun rights, not just because it struck down New York’s law, but because the majority opinion in the ruling stated that the Constitution does in fact protect the individual right to carry a firearm in public. With such a precedent in place, anti-gun states like New Jersey, Hawaii, and California are scrambling to find new ways to infringe upon people’s right to keep and bear arms now that they are legally required to issue permits to anyone that can pass muster.

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