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US Supreme Court strikes down New York law, extends right to bear arms

The United States Supreme Court expanded this Thursday (23) the right to bear arms by overturning a New York state law that restricted public carrying.

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According to information from Reuters, the final instance of the US judiciary declared for the first time that the US Constitution protects an individual’s right to carry handguns in public for self-defense.

)The decision was scored by six votes in favor – from the conservative judges of the court – and three against, from the progressive judges of the court.

The New York law struck down by the Supreme Court is of

and required the presentation of a justification and proof of real risk to life for the concealed or veiled possession of handguns (situation in which the person can carry the weapon in public places, but hiding it from people around) to self-defense.

The Supreme Court found that the law violated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. of the American Constitution. With federal jurisprudence, similar laws in other states, such as Massachusetts and New Jersey, must also be overturned.

The decision is being considered the largest expansion of the right to bear arms in the United States in a decade.

The Supreme Court said so in the midst of a national debate on gun ownership, in the wake of recent high-profile shootings in the country.

On 24 May, Salvador Ramos, aged 18, broke into an elementary school in the small town of Uvalde, Texas, with a legally purchased rifle, and killed 19 children and two teachers.

Days before, in 14 May, a white man entered heavily armed in a supermarket in a mostly black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, and shot 10 people to death.

Politicians in President Joe Biden’s Democratic Party advocate banning the sale of assault rifles and the implementation of criminal background checks for for gun buyers. And many in the Republican Party oppose these ideas, claiming that the shootings should be treated as a mental health issue.

A bipartisan bill is currently in the US Senate to adopt measures such as stricter background checks on prospective gun buyers convicted of domestic violence or significant crimes as a youth.

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