Justices strike down New York State law on right to carry

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New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams, center, is joined by other council members during a news conference to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to strike down New York City's concealed firearm permitting rules and policies, Thursday, June 23, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
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On June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a New York state law that limited the right to carry firearms in public.

The justices, in a 6-3 split decision, delivered their ruling against the backdrop of recent mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and a shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, as lawmakers in Washington scramble to pass modest gun control legislation.

According to the Associated Press, about one-quarter of the U.S. population lives in states expected to be affected by the ruling, likely prompting more people to legally arm themselves. Since 1913, New York has required residents to obtain a license to carry a handgun outside of their homes.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who has been battling a surge of gun violence across the city, said because of the ruling “every single one of us is less safe.”

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