BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules NY’s Restrictive Concealed Carry Scheme is Unconstitutional!

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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. (Photo: Hochul)

In a HUGE win for 2A rights, the Supreme Court today struck down New York’s restrictive “may-issue” standard that requires one to provide to the government a “proper cause” to bear arms outside the home as part of the concealed-carry licensing process.

Under this system, government officials could arbitrarily deny a law-abiding citizen’s concealed-carry application on the grounds that one’s “proper cause,” or reason for needing a permit, wasn’t sufficient.

Citing one’s natural right to self-defense or constitutional right to keep and bear arms, in many cases, wasn’t enough to convince local judges and chief law enforcement officers that the applicant was deserving of a permit.

Hence, the origin of this case, known as, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen.

The high court ruled 6-3 to overturn the “proper cause” requirement. Justice Clarence Thomas penned the majority opinion.

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Thomas wrote.

“Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution,” he continued.

Altogether, there are nine states that have a may-issue permitting scheme. They are, per USCCA:

Following this landmark decision, they will need to remove their “proper cause” mandate and adopt a permitting process that doesn’t run afoul of the Constitution.

Gov. Hochul is not happy with the ruling.

Story is breaking, stay tuned for more analysis and reaction.


About the author:
S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.





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