Surpreme Court overturns state bans on concealed carry of firearms

An inside the waistband (IWB) concealment holster, which clips or mounts to a belt and allows the user to securely holster the weapon inside the pants. Some IWB holsters give the wearer the option of tucking a shirt over the firearm and holster. White Stag holsters/Wikipedia

David G. Savage

Los Angeles Times

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the rights of gun owners to carry a weapon in public, ruling that the 2nd Amendment right to “bear arms” overrides laws in New York and California that restrict who may legally take guns when they leave home.

The court’s conservative majority said in a 6-3 ruling that the Constitution puts these decisions in the hands of gun owners, not with local officials, county sheriffs or others who fear that too many guns on the street are a threat to public safety.

Writing for the majority, Justice Clarence Thomas said New York’s restriction violates the Constitution “in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.”

The opinion states that the 2nd and 14th amendments “protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

The ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association vs. Bruen is the most significant victory for gun rights since 2008, when the justices for the first time ruled the 2nd Amendment protects an individual’s right to have a gun and not just states’ right to maintain a “well-regulated militia.”


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