The US Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the New York state’s restrictions on carrying concealed handguns in public, possibly allowing more people to legally be in possession on the streets of New York and other large cities such as Boston and Los Angeles.
The ruling came at the same time the US Senate passed legislation tightening firearms access.
US president Joe Biden expressed disappointment at the Supreme Court’s decision and said that it was contradictory to both common sense and the constitution.
The court’s decision was regarding a New York state law that stated that a person must have “proper cause” for them to be in possession of a concealed handgun. This law had been in place since 1913.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Association had challenged the law in court.
The supporters of the bill say that the law lead to less violence. However, the court stated that the restrictions violated the Second Amendment, which gives the ‘right to bear arms’.
According to the Gun Violence Archive, more than 20,800 lost their lives to gun violence in 2022 in the United States.