US Supreme Court backs right to carry guns in public

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home, in a significant new ruling for gun rights.

The decision is expected to allow more people to legally carry firearms in some of America’s biggest cities – such as LA, New York and Boston – and is the court’s first major decision on gun rights in more than a decade.

It comes as Congress is working on changes to gun laws following the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered.

The Supreme Court justices quashed a New York law – in place since 1913 – that required people to show a particular need in order to get a license to carry a concealed gun in public.

They said it violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul called the decision “absolutely shocking” and said she was “sorry this dark day has come.”

People can legally carry a gun in public in much of the US, but it is more difficult in some states. In New York, “proper cause” has to be shown when applying for such a license.

California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland and Rhode Island have similar laws – that are now likely to be challenged.

Supporters of the New York law had argued that a change would lead to more guns on the streets and violent crime. President Biden’s administration had also urged the court to keep the status quo.

But its 6-3 decision concluded that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self defense outside the home”.

The Supreme Court last ruled on gun rights in 2008 and 2010 when it said the Second Amendment enshrined the right to keep a gun inside the home.


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