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BREAKING: Supreme Court Rules States May Not Ban Gun Carry

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As of right now, there is no such thing as a “may-issue” concealed carry state.

Of course, it will take some time for those remaining holdout states that insist their citizens show a “special need” before they can carry a legally-owned concealed firearm in public are able to change their laws. But yesterday’s news out of Washington, D.C. has essentially changed the landscape of Second Amendment rights nationwide, and for the better. Make no mistake, readers: This is an unalloyed, undisputable win built on solid Constitutional law that will stand the test of time and challenge. Here’s the Firearms Policy Center with all the details.

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The Supreme Court of the United States held [yesterday] that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect the right to carry firearms in public in the Firearms Policy Coalition (FPC)-supported case, NYSRPA v. Bruen. The opinion, along with the two supporting briefs FPC filed last year, can be found at FPCLaw.org.

The 6-3 majority opinion, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas and joined by Justices Alito, Gorsuch, Kavanaugh, Barrett, and Chief Justice Roberts, was notable in a number of important ways:

The Court expressly rejected the “two-step” approach often employed by lower courts since the McDonald v. Chicago decision in 2010, saying that the Constitution “demands a test rooted in the Second Amendment’s text, as informed by history.”

The Court expressly held that “when the Second Amendment’s plain text covers an individual’s conduct, the Constitution presumptively protects that conduct.”

Quoting the McDonald plurality opinion, the Court held that: “The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.”

The Court said that: “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”

Ultimately, the Court held that: “New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms.”

The Court’s opinion in this FPC-supported case is a monumental step forward for natural rights and individual liberty. FPC Law will soon be filing many more important strategic lawsuits, adding to our dozens of active cases across the United States on key issues from restrictions on the right to carry in public to bans on self-manufacturing firearms and so-called ‘assault weapons’ and ‘large-capacity’ magazines. We know that authoritarian governments and officials will do everything they can to circumvent the Constitution and attack the human right to keep and bear arms, but we will punch back twice as hard. We are eager to fight forward for the People and continue our work to create a world of maximal human liberty,” said FPC founder and President Brandon Combs.

Bruen is a major win for the People and for the liberties our Constitution was designed to protect. Not only did the Court confirm that peaceable people have the right to armed defense outside the home, but it denounced the ‘interest-balancing’ test that lower courts have used to justify dozens of unconstitutional laws over the last decade. Today’s decision will allow FPC Law to press our current cases and to challenge many laws that were upheld in prior cases, potentially allowing many of the freedoms lost to be restored in the years to come,” said FPC Law’s Director of Constitutional Studies Joseph Greenlee, whose work was cited favorably in the Court’s opinion.

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Donald

    June 27, 2022 at 10:51 am

    The gun law just passed by the House and Senate has too many passages that are patently Unconstitutional. Should Biden sign it I truly hope that Patriotic legislators will answer by filling suite minutes later to end this harassment of Constitutional rights already confirmed by the SCOTUS! Any politician that voted for this bill in spite of its obvious attempt to subvert the Constitution are guilty of sedition and probably treason. .

  2. Chuck

    June 24, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    What about DC?

  3. j

    June 24, 2022 at 1:04 pm

    Will this eliminate the state reciprocity laws?

  4. JonsOn

    June 24, 2022 at 11:00 am

    A great day for freedom. The left is going ballistic and it’s hilarious the see the BS following out of their mouths.

    • Roland

      June 24, 2022 at 12:50 pm

      From what I just read, assuming the facts were quotes. The Courts just verified National Constitutional Carry

  5. Darkness Comes

    June 24, 2022 at 10:37 am

    Glad to see some common sense being applied. I live in Va., and have had a CHP since 95. But anyone who believes that armed citizens = more crime has only to look at Kennesaw Ga. They passed a silly law that stated the head of households had to be armed and have ammunition to defend themselves. Kennesaw had the lowest violent crime rate in the U.S. for many years, Voted one of the top 10 best places to live, absolutely proved that arming it’s citizens deterred crime.

  6. mike kerrigan

    June 24, 2022 at 10:12 am

    At least now – the previous “Victim – Citizens” will have the ability to defend themselves from the

    criminals that Liberal Left Social Justice Warrior State Attorneys have allowed to stalk the

    streets of America ….

  7. Raymond Miller

    June 24, 2022 at 10:08 am

    Thank You, President Trump, for you service to our country and our freedoms. God Bless you and those you appointed to the Supreme Court.

    • Ron

      June 24, 2022 at 11:11 am

      You got that right Raymond Miller, President Trump was the key to this very important “WIN”.

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