On June 23rd, 2022, the United States Supreme court in a 6-3 split decision ruled that the New York law requiring residents to provide a proper cause before being given a concealed carry license was unconstitutional. Ever since this ruling was passed, 2A advocates, lawmakers, and the firearm community at large have been asking; what next?
Does this mean similar laws in other states are also unconstitutional and will be ruled as such? Does this mean people can now carry weapons freely? And what are the implications of this ruling on gun violence and public safety? Well, in this post, we discuss all of these factors and what to do moving forward.
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The state of New York has its reputation for being strict with gun laws. Since 1913, New York has had a law that somewhat restricted its residents from carrying firearms on their person in public. The New York law stated that residents had to provide a “proper cause” for the need for a CCW permit before being given one. In simple terms, residents had to show proof of a special need to carry a firearm in public before they could be issued a concealed carry gun permit.
For years, this law was debated between anti-gun advocates, pro-gun advocates, and lawmakers because it infringes on citizens’ right to carry a firearm on their person as guaranteed by the second amendment. Now, New York wasn’t the only state with such a law.
Other states including Maryland, California, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and Hawaii all have similar laws that restrict residents from carrying guns in public without a proper cause. In Maryland, gun owners must prove that they have a “good and substantial reason” to carry a concealed weapon.
In these states, it was considered illegal to carry a concealed handgun on you in public without a permit showing a “proper cause” to do so. So, the second amendment advocating for citizens’ right to bear and carry weapons was not enough reason to have a firearm in public according to the laws of these states.
Many have argued that the law in itself is flawed because it was typically just for the rich. The law doesn’t define clearly what a “proper cause” or “substantial reason” was or would be.
In a case brought before the supreme court; The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, the supreme court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the New York law was unconstitutional. This ruling has had the entire gun community questioning what the supreme court’s ruling would mean moving forward.
What Does The Supreme Court Ruling Mean Moving Forward?
No one knows yet what the supreme court’s ruling would mean moving forward. However, one thing everyone can agree on is that there is likely to be a more positive approach towards CCW permits, especially in states like New York and Maryland. Another implication of the ruling is that states that have similar laws like New Jersey would have to make changes to their CCW permit laws.
The ruling is also likely to cause an increase in the customer base of gun makers since more people can now buy guns and get their permits with less scrutiny. Also, the belittling of “good cause” will see more people training to option their CCW. Since training in most of these states are still required. We can expect to see progun organizations like FPC and USCCA become more visual in anti-gun states to be resources.
Does This Mean You Can Now Carry Guns Anywhere?
No, it doesn’t. Firearms are still considered “banned” in sensitive places like schools, government offices, and many hospitals. This ruling doesn’t allow you to take firearms to places where they aren’t allowed.
How To Be Better With CCW (Concealed Carry Weapons) Permit
Ever since the ruling, a concern about the possibility of increased gun violence in the country has sprung up. This concern is born out of the likelihood of having more guns on the streets. For instance, the rise in carry permits and the justified increase of homicide rate in Philadelphia.
As a gun owner with a CCW permit, you have the responsibility to ensure that your firearm will NOT be used in unlawful activities. This means you need to learn how to be responsible with your CCW permit and firearm. You also need to know how to exercise your CCW permit. This includes how to carry a gun in public, leaving a gun in your car, and traveling interstate with your firearm.
In summary, the future of concealed carry permits and weapons is still clouded in some doubt in the wake of the supreme court ruling. It’s not yet certain if new laws would be adopted by these states or if the respective state governments will implement new strategies to restrict the issuance or use of CCW permits.
However, one thing that can be agreed on is that the ruling will allow more people to get their CCW permits and this means more guns in the hands of people. So, now more than ever, it is important to be responsible gun owners and exercise your 2A rights in ways that will not put other people in harm’s way.
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