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US Supreme Court expands gun rights, striking New York limits

Published:Thursday | June 23, 2022 | 10:48 AM
A handgun from a collection of illegal firearms is reviewed during a gun buyback event in Brooklyn, New York, May 22, 2021. The Supreme Court, Thursday, June 23, 2022, struck down a restrictive New York gun law in a major ruling for gun rights. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews, FIle)

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major expansion of gun rights, the United States Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public.

The justices' 6-3 decision follows a series of recent mass shootings and is expected to ultimately allow more people to legally carry guns on the streets of the nation's largest cities — including New York, Los Angeles and Boston — and elsewhere.

About a quarter of the US population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, the high court's first major gun decision in more than a decade.

The ruling comes as Congress is working toward the passage of gun legislation following mass shootings in Texas, New York and California.

Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the majority that the Constitution protects “an individual's right to carry a handgun for self-defence outside the home.”

In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public.

The justices said that requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island all have similar laws.

The Biden administration had urged the justices to uphold New York's law.

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