A U.S. police officer from the Supreme Court stands past gun rights protesters outside the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, USA, on Monday, December 2, 2019.
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The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a law in the state of New York that requires applicants for a license to carry a concealed gun to have a “proper reason” to do so, saying it was in violation of the Second Amendment. the American constitution.
The ruling is a major victory for gun rights activists who had challenged New York’s restrictive law, which makes it a crime to carry a concealed firearm without a license.
The Supreme Court’s six conservative judges voted to invalidate the law, which has existed for more than a century, with Judge Clarence Thomas writing the majority’s statement in the case.
The three Liberals of the court voted to uphold the law, and Judge Stephen Breyer wrote a dissent on the decision.
The majority said New York law violated the fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution, which states that citizens have the right to equal protection under the law, by “preventing law-abiding citizens with general self-defense needs from exercising their right to retain and bear arms. self defense.”
The case had been brought by the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two of its members, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, whose applications for covert firearms license for self-defense were denied.
New York Supreme Court Justice Richard McNally, who handled both requests, ruled that none of the men had shown proper reason to carry weapons in public because they could not demonstrate that they had a special need for self-protection.
The plaintiffs then challenged this denial in a federal court in New York, arguing that state law governing concealed transport licenses, which only allow them when “there is an appropriate reason for issuing them,” violates the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The law also required applicants to have “good moral character.”
After a federal judge in New York dismissed the case, the U.S. 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals upheld that verdict. The U.S. Supreme Court then took the case.
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