Gun control advocates in the United States, whose activities had gained momentum after the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings, received a stern lesson yesterday as the Supreme Court of the US ruled that the restrictive concealed carry laws of the State of New York are unconstitutional!
On June 23, 2022, with a crushing 6-3 majority, the Supreme Court of the United States issued a landmark ruling that will definitely curb the enthusiasms of the American gun control lobby, whose activities have been pumped up and aimed towards the passage of radically restrictive laws following the Buffalo and Uvalde tragedies – both caused by a mixture of individual madness and severe mistakes and omissions by the authorities.
With their decision on the case filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association against New York State Police superintendent Kevin P. Bruen, the Supreme Court of the United States declared that the laws of the State of New York, which require all applicants for a concealed carry license to show "proper cause" and "demonstrate a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community" are unconstitutional.
As of today, the State of New York was one of the most restrictive in the United States in terms of laws governing firearms ownership and carry, with some provisions being even more restrictive than those in effect in numerous European Countries. The State of New York had a restrictive "May Issue" regime in place for concealed carry licensing, which allowed the New York State Police to deny permits to citizens essentially at will.
With their previous landmark decisions such as DC v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010), SCOTUS had already struck down laws that banned concealed carry or even handgun ownership outright in certain States and cities.
Today, thanks to those landmark rulings, all 50 States in the US have some kind of provision in effect that allow their citizens to obtain a license to carry a concealed firearm for self-protection. Half of the States – 25 out of 50! – went as far as to adopt a "Constitutional Carry" system, which basically means that all those citizens who can legally purchase and own a firearm require no license to carry a concealed weapon for self-defense.
Just as gun control advocates thought they could have it their way by monopolizing the "discussion" in a bid to disarm law-abiding Americans, SCOTUS thaught them a stern lesson about the importance of Second Amendment rights in the United States.
Both New York city mayor Eric Adams and NY State Governor Kathy Hochul (both staunch democrats and gun control advocates) rushed to issue strong-worded condemnations of the verdict, and announced that they will work on new laws that will "mitigate the impact" of the ruling. But the truth is, there is not much that NY gun control zealots can do to prevent their State from adopting a "Shall Issue" licensing system.
Additionally, the ruling lays grounds for challenging similar restrictive licensing systems in States such as California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachussets, and New Jersey. It's still too early to see what the real impact of yesterday's verdict will be, but one thing is for certain: SCOTUS sent a strong message to all those – activists, politicians, "opinion leaders", celebrities and their billionaire backers – who seek to destroy the Second Amendment and the American people's right to keep and bear arms.