Americans supporting the second amendment were handed a significant victory, as the Supreme Court handed down a decision that overturns a New York gun restriction.
The court, in a 6-3 vote, sided with New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc in their case against Bruen. After arguments were made, the court determined the New York laws to be unconstitutional.
The case focused upon a New York law that required citizens to prove to a government official that a citizen had a need to carry a gun in public.
Writing for the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote, “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”
In regards to how New York’s law infringed upon the 14th Amendment Thomas wrote, “New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.”