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The US Supreme Court expands the right to bear arms in the country

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The United States Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a law New York restricting the carrying of guns in public, in a major ruling in favor of gun rights.

The judges’ 6-3 decision is expected to ultimately allow more people to be legally permitted to carry guns on the streets of the nation’s largest cities, including New York, Los Angeles and Boston, and elsewhere. About a quarter of the country’s population lives in states that could be affected by the ruling, the top court’s first major gun decision in more than a decade.

The ruling comes as Congress works on gun laws following recent mass shootings in Texas, New York and California.

Justice Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority, said the Constitution protects “the right of an individual to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home.”

In their decision, the judges overturned a law of New York that requires people to show a particular need to carry a weapon to obtain a license to carry it in public. The justices said the requirement violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island have similar laws that are likely to be appealed as a result of the ruling. The administration of President Joe Biden had urged judges to uphold the law from New York.

Supporters of the law of New York argue that repealing it would ultimately lead to more guns on the streets and higher rates of violent crime. The decision comes at a time when gun violence — already on the rise during the coronavirus pandemic — is on the rise again.

The Supreme Court last issued a major decision on guns in 2010. In that decision and a 2008 ruling, the justices established the national right to keep a gun in the home for self-defense. The case for the court this time was about permission to carry a weapon while away from home.

Source: With Information from diario libre

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