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A Reckless Ruling, a New Gun-Safety Challenge

In overturning a century-old law, the Supreme Court is further endangering the public in the midst of a mass-shooting epidemic.

“More guns everywhere” isn’t what the country needs right now.

“More guns everywhere” isn’t what the country needs right now.

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The Supreme Court’s decision overturning New York State’s restrictions on carrying guns in public is a serious mistake. It will jeopardize public safety, make Americans more vulnerable to the scourge of gun violence, and cause needless death and suffering. Elected officials should take immediate action to protect citizens from the consequences of the court’s recklessness.

By a 6-3 majority, the court struck down a century-old New York state law requiring that people show “proper cause” of a need for personal protection in order to carry a concealed handgun. Siding with the plaintiffs in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, Justice Clarence Thomas said the law violates the Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense. Thomas wrote that while the Constitution allows guns to be banned from certain sensitive places, such as courthouses, schools and government buildings, “expanding the category of ‘sensitive places’ simply to all places of public congregation … defines the category of ‘sensitive places’ far too broadly.” In essence, Thomas declared that New York’s current system is tantamount to a ban on concealed carry, and thus unconstitutional.