Lhe United States Supreme Court struck down a New York state gun law, enshrining the right of Americans to leave their homes armed. This decision, taken on Thursday June 23 by a majority of six out of nine judges, all conservatives, comes as the country is still reeling from a series of deadly shootings, one of which, on May 24, killed 21 people. in an elementary school in Texas.
“The Second and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside of his or her home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority. The Court acts “without considering the potentially fatal consequences of its decision”, regretted its progressive colleague Stephen Breyer in a separate argument, recalling that in 2020, 45,222 Americans were killed by firearms.
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The powerful arms lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), immediately hailed a “victory”. The decision, on the other hand, represents a strong snub for the supporters of a better regulation of firearms, whose efforts it will complicate. In concrete terms, it relates to a law which, since 1913, has limited the issue of permits to carry concealed weapons to people who have reason to believe that they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats […] Read more