Supreme Court Strikes Down New York’s Concealed Carry Restrictions
Just weeks after the elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, that killed 19 children and two adults, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that will make it more difficult for states to pass laws restricting guns.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, determined that people wanting a license to carry concealed handguns no longer have to demonstrate a special need for self-defense.
Bipartisan gun control legislation is advancing in the U.S. Senate, centering so-called “red flag” laws, which allow law enforcement, family, or others to issue a court order to temporarily prohibit guns for people deemed by a judge to pose significant danger to themselves or others.
Research has demonstrated that such policies can prevent gun violence, but the measure is unlikely to take hold in Republican states that don’t already have red flag laws.