Washington (CBS News) – The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned awhich imposed severe restrictions on the carrying of concealed firearms in public places for self-defense, and found its requirement that applicants seeking a concealed carry license establish “appropriate cause” unconstitutional.
In a 6-3 ruling, the Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision upholding the 108-year-old New York law restricting who can obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. Supporters of the measure have warned that a Supreme Court ruling to invalidate it could threaten gun controls in several states and lead to more firearms on city streets.
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Justice Clarence Thomas provided a majority opinion for the ideologically divided court, writing that New York’s “correct cause requirement” prevented law-abiding citizens from exercising their Second Amendment right, and its licensing system was unconstitutional.
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Thomas wrote: “The constitutional right to bear arms openly in self-defense is not a ‘second-class right, subject to a very different set of rules than other Bill of Rights guarantees.’ We know of no other constitutional right which an individual may exercise only after it has been shown to government officials. Some Special Needs This is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free practice of religion This is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront witnesses against him This is not how the Amendment works Second when it comes to general self-defense carry.”
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