Report highlights the significance of SCOTUS’ recent Second Amendment ruling

A new report has been published explaining the significance behind the U.S. Supreme Court’s recent Second Amendment decision. 

The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, had to do with a New York gun law that required an individual, in order to carry a concealed handgun, to obtain a license. And, in order to obtain that license, the individual had to prove that he or she had a strong reason – namely, a special need for self-protection – for carrying a concealed handgun.

Roughly two months ago, the justices struck the law down in a 6-3 decision.

“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,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion.

Why it’s important

FiveThirtyEight just published a report explaining how significant the Supreme Court’s ruling is.

Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux writes:

This decision is a big deal. Previously, the court had only said that the Constitution protected the ability to have a gun inside the home for self-defense. In that decision, which came down in 2008, the justices didn’t rule on how guns carried outside the home could be regulated. It took almost 15 years for the justices to come back to that question, but now they have.

Thomson-DeVeaux then quotes the part of Justice Thomas’s decision, which reads, “[The Second Amendment] protect[s] an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

In other words, because of the Supreme Court’s latest Second Amendment ruling, there are now protections for the carrying of a gun both inside and outside of the home.

Looking ahead

The Supreme Court’s decision might have farther-reaching consequences than may initially appear.

The Western Journal reports:

In light of [the Supreme Court’s] ruling — which said that Americans have a right to carry a gun outside the home — lower courts should take another look at several cases that had been awaiting action by the high court, the court said. Those cases include ones about high-capacity magazines, an assault weapons ban, and a state law that limits who can carry a gun outside the home.

What this means is that these cases and the laws at issue have to be reconsidered using the Supreme Court’s latest decision as guidance. In the process, it’s possible that they could be thrown out.

So, it’s likely that the full impact of the Supreme Court’s decision has likely yet to be felt.

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