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Opinion
Noah Feldman

Supreme Court Just Made New York’s Streets Meaner

In its ruling on Bruen, the court ignores precedent and rejects the idea that courts should consider the real-world consequences of their decisions. 

“Small arms” for sale.

“Small arms” for sale.

Photographer: John Cherry/Bloomberg

In a stunningly broad and transformative decision, the Supreme Court has struck down the New York law that says you can only carry a concealed handgun outside your home if you can show you have “proper cause” to do so.

For New Yorkers and residents of six other states including California and Massachusetts, this means concealed carry is now basically an automatic right. Anyone you meet on the street or in the car ahead of you may be lawfully packing.