Supreme Court upholds Second Amendment, strikes down New York’s arbitrary concealed carry law

The Supreme Court dealt a crushing rebuke to the gun-grabbing left on Thursday in a major decision upholding the fundamental right to bear arms.

New York’s concealed carry law requiring citizens to prove they have a “special need” to carry firearms in public violates the Second Amendment’s right to self-defense, the court decided. Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion.

SCOTUS upholds 2nd Amendment

New York’s “proper cause” requirement, Thomas said, “prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.” The case was brought by two law-abiding citizens whose applications for concealed carry licenses were denied.

Thomas drew from the 2008 Heller decision, in which the Court held that the Second Amendment protects the right of the individual to bear arms. Given that broad protection, the burden falls on governments to prove that a gun regulation is consistent with American tradition, Thomas said.

Based on a wide-ranging survey of historical evidence, Thomas concluded that there is simply no American tradition that allows governments to impose sweeping burdens on the rights of law-abiding citizens to publicly carry firearms for self-defense.

Thomas emphasized that the Second Amendment cannot be treated any differently than other core rights protected by the Constitution.

“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need,” he said. “That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion…….And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”

Liberal meltdown

Samuel Alito wrote a biting concurring opinion, in which he blasted Stephen Breyer for writing an anti-gun screed that failed to address the core issue.

“Like that dissent in Heller, the real thrust of today’s dissent is that guns are bad and that States and local jurisdictions should be free to restrict them essentially as they see fit. That argument was rejected in Heller, and while the dissent protests that it is not rearguing Heller, it proceeds to do just that,” Alito wrote.

The Court’s opinion appears to effectively strike down the arbitrary “may issue” licensing regimes in New York and a handful of other liberal states, but Brett Kavanaugh explained in a concurring opinion that 43 states with objective, “shall issue” criteria won’t be affected.

Needless to say, the left is having a meltdown. Lying through his teeth, President Biden, the so-called “uniter,” said the Court’s “deeply disappointing” decision to uphold a basic right “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.” Biden’s crooked, partisan Justice Department also said it “respectfully disagrees” with the ruling.

New York’s Democratic governor Kathy Hochul called the decision “reprehensible” and promised to respond with more gun control restrictions. Allowing law-abiding citizens to publicly carry, she warned, will endanger “millions” of people.

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