Supreme Court gun ruling ‘disappoints’ Biden — Analysis

The US president said the decision ‘contradicts both common sense and the Constitution’

Joe Biden (US President) said that he was “deeply disappointed”After the Supreme Court decided that Americans could carry guns in public places without having to prove a special reason, a landmark decision in New York which overturned a century-old New York law. 

Biden commented on the court’s decision to remove the firearms provisions Thursday by voting 6-3. Biden claimed that the justices had repealed an important law, which would have allowed New York State to run its affairs. “protect its citizens.”

“This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all,”He wrote insisting “we must do more as a society – not less – to protect our fellow Americans”Recent mass shootings in New York, Texas have prompted this. 

New Yorkers were required to demonstrate that they have a valid New York ID card in order for the 1911 law to be passed. “proper cause”It is illegal to possess a concealed firearm on their property. Justice Clarence Thomas stated in the majority Supreme Court decision that the US Constitution protects the right of people to carry concealed firearms outside their home. “second-class” privilege.

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“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘second-class right subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees,’”He wrote. “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”

Although this case is against a New York statute, the court allows for more suits to be brought against other restrictions, such as those in Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, and California.

Thursday’s ruling came amid renewed debate over gun control measures following the pair of mass shootings in recent months, as the House and Senate both advance legislation that would strengthen background checks and impose a number of other restrictions on gun owners and those looking to purchase firearms.

Biden continued his call for states to “enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence,”Arguments that “Second Amendment is not absolute.”

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“For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations,”He continued.

A dissenting opinion signed by liberal Justices Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Elena Kagan echoed the president’s sentiments, stating that the court has found it “often necessary”To consider “the serious dangers and consequences of gun violence”When deciding on Second Amendment questions, it was also important to note that the New York law didn’t violate the Constitution.



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