The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Americans have a basic right to carry guns in public in a landmark decision that will prevent states from restricting people from carrying guns.
The March 6 ruling, which comes as the country grapples with a staggering rise in gun crime, knocks down a New York law that requires a person to prove they have a need to commit suicide. legitimate defense to obtain a gun license.
“The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect the right of an individual to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” said Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion.
“New York’s legitimate demand violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with a need for ordinary self-defense from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public places for self-defense.”
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