RICHMOND, VA - AUGUST 15: Demonstrators pose for photos with their guns during an open carry rally on August 15, 2020 in Richmond, Virginia. The open carry rally is organized by an activist group known as BLM757 in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and the Second Amendment. (Photo by Eze Amos/Getty Images)

Americans have right to carry guns in public, US Supreme Court says

NEWS DIGEST – The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that Americans have a fundamental right to carry firearms in public in a landmark decision that will prevent states from restricting people carrying guns.

The 6-3 ruling, which comes as the country grapples with a shocking surge in gun crime, strikes down a New York law that required a person to prove they had legitimate self-defense needs to receive a gun permit.

“The Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” said Justice Clarence Thomas, who wrote the majority opinion.

“New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.”

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