August 7, 2022

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas majority opinion declares ‘individual’s right to carry’ handguns

The U.S. Supreme Court is ruling on key cases that impact the rights of Americans. One of those cases became a win for the Second Amendment.

The high court ruled Thursday that New York doesn’t have the right to impose burdensome regulations for conceal carry, Breitbart reported. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion said the Constitution guarantees each “individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, was decided in favor of gun owners’ rights in a 6-3 decision. Thomas built on both the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision and the 2010 McDonald v. Chicago precedents.

The justice concluded the cases “recognized that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect the right of an ordinary, law-abiding citizen to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense.” Thomas then applied that standard to the case before him.

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense,” he wrote. “We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

Thomas later refined his reasoning noting that though the Heller case found “armed self-defense is perhaps ‘most acute’ in the home,” it didn’t negate the need outside the home. People face “greater danger” in public and “the text of the Second Amendment reflects that reality,” Thomas wrote.

“The Second Amendment’s plain text thus presumptively guarantees [the NYSPRA] petitioners…a right to ‘bear’ arms in public for self-defense,” Thomas concluded. Although the experienced jurist used sound reasoning, the left predictably lost its collective mind.

Because the right to bear arms was enshrined in the Bill of Rights, there is little to back up leftist claims that government has the right to infringe on that right. The high court found in favor of the Constitution, and that’s what outrages the left the most.

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