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Supreme Court says Americans have the right to carry guns in public MPNRC

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The US Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public, in a landmark ruling that came just weeks after another deadly school shooting.

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The 6-3 ruling attacks New York law that requires a person to prove he has a gun permit for lawful self-defense and would prevent states from prohibiting people from carrying guns.

Despite rising calls for limits on firearms after two mass shootings in May, the court sided with advocates who said the US Constitution guarantees the right to own and carry a gun.

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The first court ruling in a major Second Amendment case in a decade and a victory for the powerful gun lobby, the National Rifle Association.

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“Today’s decision is a significant victory for good men and women across America and the result of a decades-long battle under the leadership of the NRA,” NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre said in a statement.

“The right to self-defense and the right to protect your family and loved ones should not end at your home.”

Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion, said, “The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect a person’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.

“New York’s just-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment, which prohibits law-abiding citizens with general self-defense requirements from exercising their Second Amendment right to own and possess weapons in public for self-defense.”

The US Senate is currently considering a rare bipartisan bill that includes modest gun control measures.

Mass shooting in Buffalo, Uvalde

On May 14, an 18-year-old used an AR-15-type assault rifle to kill 10 African Americans at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York.

Less than two weeks later, 19 children and two teachers were shot dead at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, by another teen with the same type of high-powered, semi-automatic rifle.

New York law states that in order to be allowed to carry a firearm outside of a home, a gun owner must clearly demonstrate that it is clearly required for self-defense—meaning that no demonstration is required. People can’t do that.

Gun-rights advocates said it violated the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which says that “the right of the people to keep and keep arms shall not be violated.”

More than half of US states already allow firearms to be carried for less, with most of them only doing so in the past decade.

But more than 20 still maintain sanctions that may now be forced to be dropped based on a court decision.

In the ruling, the court overturned a 1913 New York state law that stood on the understanding that individual states had the right to regulate gun use and ownership.

More than 200 million guns have hit the US market over the past two decades, led by assault rifles and personal handguns, leading to an increase in homicides, mass shootings and suicides.

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