The Supreme Court Reconsiders a Ruling that Upheld Massachusetts’ Handgun Restrictions

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    On Monday, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) reversed a lower court ruling that supported handgun restrictions and licensing requirements in Massachusetts.

    SCOTUS requested that the court lower review the case in consideration of NYSRPA v. Bruen (2022), in which the court ruled in favor of extending the Second Amendment right to bear arms beyond the confines of a person’s home.

    Breitbart News announced that the Bruen SCOTUS decision overturned New York's proper cause requirement for receiving a concealed carry permit. California, Maryland, and New Jersey also changed their permits for concealed carry within two weeks of this decision.

    California has stopped enforcing “good cause,” New Jersey removed “justifiable need,” and on July 5th Maryland Governor Larry Hogan (R) wrote on Twitter, “In light of a recent Supreme Court ruling and to ensure compliance with the Constitution, I am directing the Maryland State Police to suspend utilization of the ‘good and substantial reason’ standard when reviewing applications for Wear and Carry Permits.”

    Breitbart News noted it was Justice Clarence Thomas that wrote the Majority Opinion regarding Bruen, and in it he declared, “Although we remarked in Heller that the need for armed self-defense is perhaps ‘most acute’ in the home, id., at 628, we did not suggest that the need was insignificant elsewhere. Many Americans hazard greater danger outside the home than in it … [and] the text of the Second Amendment reflects that reality.”

    He also added, “The Second Amendment’s plain text thus presumptively guarantees [the NYSPRA] petitioners … a right to ‘bear’ arms in public for self-defense.”

    Massachusetts laws focus on the state-wide rules that law-abiding citizens have to meet in order to buy or own firearms they will utilize for self-defense.

    Morin v. Lyver, No. 20-128, is the case in the Supreme Court of the United States.

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