Carrying in public: Supreme Court overturns gun restrictions

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Supreme Court lifts gun restrictions

Carrying a gun in public in the United States does not require a reason. The Supreme Court overturned a corresponding regulation of the state of New York and declared it a fundamental right of every US citizen to carry weapons in public. President Biden is “deeply disappointed”.

A little over four weeks after the worst US school shooting in a decade, the US Supreme Court has ruled that carrying a gun in public is a citizen’s fundamental right. By a vote of six judges to three, the Supreme Court quashed a new gun law in New York State. While the gun lobby group NRA celebrated their “victory”, US President Joe Biden reacted “deeply disappointed”.

The New York state rule that requires proof of special self-defense need for a gun license violates two amendments to the US Constitution, the court found. Several other states, including California, have similar laws. The Supreme Court’s far-reaching ruling will limit their ability to stop people from carrying guns in public. More than half of US states allow carrying guns in public.

“This ruling is contrary to both common sense and the Constitution and should deeply concern us all,” Democrat Biden said. His Republican predecessor Donald Trump had created a clear majority of six to three for the conservatives on the Supreme Court by appointing three conservative judges.

Decision “absolutely shocking”

The Democratic New York governor Kathy Hochul also spoke of a “black day”. The court decision was “absolutely shocking” and deprived the states of the right to “reasonable restrictions”. New York City Mayor Eric Adams said that this “may have opened up an additional river feeding the sea of ​​gun violence”.

New York State recently further restricted access to guns after a racially motivated gun attack left 10 dead at a Buffalo convenience store. The law, which has now been overturned, has been in effect since 1913.

Recently, the worst US school massacre in a decade had also sparked horror in Texas and fueled the debate about lax US gun laws. The National Rifle Association (NRA) held its annual meeting in Texas three days later, despite the deaths of 19 elementary school children and two teachers. The organization, which is as influential as it is controversial, has been successfully fighting tightening gun laws for decades. On Twitter, the NRA now celebrated a “victory” for “all good men and women” in the United States. The NRA had sued along with two New York men who had not been granted gun permits.

More than 200 million firearms

Over the past two decades, more than 200 million firearms have been sold in the United States – primarily assault rifles and handguns for personal use. The number of murders, mass shootings and suicides has increased in the country over the years. In 2020 alone, 45,222 US citizens died from guns.

Under the impression of the two devastating gun massacres in May, senators from Democrats and Republicans presented a bill on Tuesday for a slight tightening of gun laws. Among other things, it provides for extended background checks on gun buyers under the age of 21. In addition, financial incentives should be created for the states to temporarily remove the guns from potentially dangerous gun owners. Billions are also planned for safety in schools and better psychiatric care in the country.

The reform project goes far less than President Biden called for. During the election campaign, the president had promised, among other things, to ban the sale of assault rifles to private individuals. The Democrats depend on working with the opposition Republicans, who have a blocking minority in the Senate and have opposed gun restrictions for decades. In view of the political polarization in the USA, the fact that both parties were able to agree on a legal text on gun law is already a success.

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