US Supreme Court rules in favor of carrying and displaying weapons in public

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Until now, the constitution guaranteed a person’s right to possess firearms, albeit in private and for self-defense only.

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The United States Supreme Court on Thursday declared it constitutional by six votes to three carrying weapons in public and outdoorsas part of the Second Amendment.

The nuance lies in the fact that until now the Constitution guaranteed a person’s right to possess firearms, although in private and for self-defense only

The case is related to a New York state law requiring a license to carry concealed weapons outside the home. However, the law states that those requesting this request must show some sort of special justification, beyond the desire for protection.

The plaintiffs argue that this requirement in the legislation made it very difficult for applicants to obtain consent, making the Second Amendment a limited privilege rather than a constitutional one.

The court agrees with them, but has left the door open for states to other types of restrictions to carry weapons, such as fingerprints, background checks, or mental health checks.

Conservative Judge Brett Kavanaugh has argued that the New York law was “problematic because it grants unrestricted discretion to licensing officers and licenses only those who can demonstrate a special need other than self-defense… right to bear a weapon for protection

In contrast, Democratic judge Stephen Breyer has shown his refusal by listing some of the latest episodes in which the gun violencelike the massacres in the Uvalde Elementary School, Texasand in a supermarket in Buffalo, New York

In addition to influencing the legislation of New YorkThe ruling may also affect similar laws in other states, such as: California, Delaware Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts and New Jerseygiving officials more power to refuse these kinds of special requests.

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Source: EITB

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