The U.S. Supreme Court today struck down 110 years of New York law by invalidating a state law that requires a person wanting to carry a concealed handgun in public to have a “proper cause” to do so.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the increasingly familiar 6-3 Republican majority that the law violated the 2nd and 14th amendments (the latter of which made 2nd Amendment rights applicable to the states.)
President Biden blasted the ruling. The ACLU made the point that an increasingly armed society held peril for first amendment rights such as assembly, association and speech. It also means police will more frequently encounter people who are armed. Inevitably, the science shows, more guns mean more deaths, whether intentional or accidental.
More analysis here, which includes comments from some in the majority attempting to say states still have some ability to regulate and set up some licensing rules, such as Arkansas has. (At least they can until another case comes along in which the justices can bend to the gun lobby.)
Arkansas law doesn’t require “cause” to carry a weapon openly or concealed. The Arkansas Supreme Court has yet to rule squarely on the core belief of the gun fetishists (endorsed by the current attorney general) that gun carrying is absolutely protected, save in some delineated public spaces.
Who’d have thought we’d be missing Justice Antonin Scalia, who recognized, unlike this court, that the 2nd Amendment isn’t unlimited and regulation is allowed.
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