BREAKING: SCOTUS Strikes Down New York State Concealed Carry Law, Biggest 2A Victory Since Heller

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The Supreme Court decision has been handed down in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen and it is a victory for Second Amendment (and Fourteenth Amendment) rights.

The 6-3 decision authored by Justice Clarence Thomas holds that New York’s “proper cause” requirement to obtain a concealed-carry license violates the Constitution by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense. The dissenters were, as might be expected, Justices Breyer, Kagan, and Sotomayor.

In the introduction, Justice Thomas notes: “that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

We’ll have more in-depth analysis on the decision, but the full Opinion can be read below.