Supreme Court shoots down New York regulation for concealed carry gun licenses

The Supreme Court of the United States has struck down a New York’s century old gun law regarding the strict issuance of concealed carry handgun licenses.

New York was requiring concealed carry permits only if applicants demonstrated “proper cause” and “good moral character.” California, among other states, have similar concealed carry laws that are now in question.

The Supreme Court ruled 6-3, saying the law violates the Constitution of the United States.

Critics says the ruling will make it easier for people across the United States to carry handguns. Brooklyn’s District Attorney called the ruling a “nightmare for public safety.”

Here in California, Governor Gavin Newsom quickly published his reaction on Twitter, as he called the Supreme Court “shameful.”

The San Diego County Gun Owners PAC issued the following statement on the Supreme Court ruling:

San Diego County Gun Owners PAC and its members are pleased with this huge victory for civil rights. Since our inception, we have made the case that carrying a firearm outside of your home for self-defense is your right. We have worked hard to make concealed carry more accessible in San Diego. Our success in San Diego was used as an example to the Supreme Court and helped them make the right decision.

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen is another clear message that the right to keep and bear arms is the right of the people. It is not a second-class right. It is not only for certain people. We look forward to all the positive impact this will have on public policy and the positive impact this will have on an individual’s ability to defend his or her life.

— Michael Schwartz, executive director, San Diego County Gun Owners PAC

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