Carrying a gun may soon become easier in a number of US states. The Supreme Court of the United States has just rendered a judgment “which will make it harder for states to impose gun restrictions,” writes in one of his site The New York Times.
The Supreme Court struck down a New York state law banning the carrying of visible handguns and requiring a license and “Valid reason” to carry a concealed weapon. The conservative majority of the Supreme Court – six out of nine justices – ruled that this law was contrary to the Second Amendment of the United States Constitution.
The law becoming obsolete, “it could become much easier to carry a handgun in the state, which officials say risks fueling violence in cities already struggling with a two-year spike in crime,” stressed as the verdict approached The New York Times.
This is what Chanelle Anderson, mediator for the BronxConnect association, also feared:
“If they legalize guns, it will help destroy our neighborhoods even more.”
Effects in a good part of the country
And the consequences are not limited to this state. “California, Connecticut, Maryland or Massachusetts” which have laws similar to those of New York State, will have to adapt, anticipated the center-left daily. While half of the states in the country have already authorized the carrying of firearms without a license, most within the last ten years.
In New York State, authorities had been preparing to pass new legislation drafted based on the Supreme Court’s verdict.
This judgment “is only the second major position taken by the Court on the scope of the constitutional right of individuals to keep and bear arms”, note The New York Times, after a first judgment in 2008 already favorable to the possession of firearms.
Countdown to Congress
It comes as the United States has been shocked by two high-profile mass shootings, one racist, in Buffalo, New York, and the other at an elementary school, in Uvalde, Texas.
Following this massacre where 19 children were killed, the Congress could soon vote on a set of measures with modest ambition but which would constitute “the most important regulations on the circulation of firearms since the 1990s”, according The Washington Post.
The highest court in the country has just ruled otherwise.