6 Takeaways From The Supreme Court Decision Protecting Americans’ Right To Self-Defense

6 Takeaways From The Supreme Court Decision Protecting Americans’ Right To Self-Defense


Yesterday, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court held in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen that “may issue” gun licensing that allows state officials to deny law-abiding citizens a right to possess a gun for self-defense violate the Second Amendment.

The holding came in the context of a challenge to a New York statute that prohibited individuals from carrying concealed handguns unless they “demonstrate[d] a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community.”

Beyond that holding, the Supreme Court opinion authorized by Justice Clarence Thomas proves significant for six reasons. Here are the key takeaways.

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1. May-Issue Gun Licensing Regimes Violate the Second Amendment

In New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, two New

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