United States Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the New York State law. Which prevented the public from carrying a concealed weapon on the streets. Hence, will prove to be a huge hurdle for the local law enforcement agencies to maintain law and order in the society.
The ruling was given by Justice Clearance Thomas who had passed that historic ruling and had opened the federal courts to a huge load of cases of gun violence that can be overturned after the decision. The decision has also enabled the state to be subjected to almost all state laws regarding gun control to be subjected to legal ramifications. The decision taken on Thursday changed the legal framework that the lower courts had to follow for the analysis of gun restrictions.
The court’s decision in the case, which was brought by a National Rifle Association affiliate, permits more firearms to be carried openly in one of the world’s largest cities and may invalidate regulations across the country, including those in Massachusetts and California. Before the ruling people had to show “proper cause” for the carrying of guns according to New York State law.
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The ruling came at a strategic time when the country has been seeing an increase in gun violence cases and with the new ruling gun violence is expected to rise further. According to Centres for Disease Control and Prevention report in the year 2020, as many as 45,222 people had died of gun murders and violence in the United States. The number had increased by almost 14% a year before. The number is not only limited to gun-related murders but also includes a sizeable portion of gun suicides.
Justice Clarence Thomas authored the 6-3 majority opinion for the court and said, “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defence, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
Owing to the decision many leaders have criticized the Supreme Court on its ruling. “I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals. Who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for self-defence and to acquire a license. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority. To protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution. And should deeply trouble us all”. President Biden had claimed in his official statement released by the White House on June 23.
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Governor Kathy Hochul, 57th governor of the state of New York had also presented her disagreement. And discontent over the gun ruling passed by the Supreme Court. “It is outrageous,” she said on Twitter. “that at a moment of national reckoning on gun violence. The Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law. That limits those who can carry concealed weapons. The Governor had further assured that the state is exploring all possible solutions. And that its topmost priority is to “keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence”.
Keechant Sewell, the commissioner of the New York City Police Department. Declared after the decision that “nothing changes”. And warned that “if you carry a gun illegally in NYC, you will be arrested.” Sewell said on Thursday. ” When we open the universe of carrying permits. It potentially brings more guns to the city of NY…..that should concern us all”.