A case out of New York made its way to the Supreme Court. In the deep blue state, Americans are not allowed to carry a firearm for self-defense. In order to get a license to carry, they have to bend over backward and prove why they are deserving of a right granted to them by the Second Amendment.
And unless they can convince the state they have a “special need” to defend themselves, they are denied. Most people, as you would expect, are not granted a license. This, in a city with rampaging crime rates.
This week, the court issued a ruling on this law. And, by doing so, released the Second Amendment for all Americans.
The Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-3 that New York’s regulations that made it difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun were unconstitutionally restrictive, and that it should be easier to obtain such a license…
Thomas noted that the state statute does not define what “proper cause” means, and that courts had ruled that the standard was met by people who showed a “special need for self-protection.” […]
“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense,” Thomas wrote. [Source: Fox News]
The New York law was so strict, that living in an area with high rates of crime wasn’t even enough to get a license. Justice Thomas rebuked the state, saying the right to bear arms isn’t a “second class right.” And he pointed out that no other right protected by the Constitution requires special permission from the government.
This ruling knocks down the New York law. But the court allowed that a state can set certain requirements, like fingerprinting and background checks. This decision is a major win for every American who wishes to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
It remains to be seen, however, how this ruling will affect gun laws in other states. Some states have even stricter laws than New York. In Hawaii, for instance, nobody is allowed to carry a gun outside their home under any circumstances. This ruling would appear to throw that out, but another trial might be needed to officially overrule that limitation.
Democrats, of course, are melting down. Joe Biden has already complained. This flies in the face of his radical gun control agenda. He has stated that he wants to rip guns from Americans’ hands and severely limit our gun rights. This ruling sets back the left’s agenda in a big way.
Author: Mac Davis