Law-abiding American gun owners scored several key victories at the hands of the Supreme Court last week as it decided on NYSRPA v. Bruen, which shot down New York’s requirement that citizens seeking a concealed-carry permit “justify” their reasoning for doing so.
As a result of that law being deleted, the decision raised numerous questions regarding other strict gun control laws in several blue states, including, Breitbart noted, “an ‘assault weapons’ ban in Maryland, a ‘high capacity’ magazine ban in California, and carry restrictions in Hawaii.”
“While that judicial deference to legislative interest balancing is understandable—and, elsewhere, appropriate—it is not deference that the Constitution demands here,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote of the decision to vacate the cases, Bloomberg Law noted.
SCOTUS VACATES MULTIPLE ANTI-GUN LOWER COURT RULINGS
Cases Involve Carry, Assault Weapons Ban, Magazine Limits
Appeals courts ordered to rehear:
Carry Rights (Young v. Hawaii)
Magazine Limits (CA and NJ)
Assault Weapons Ban (MD)https://t.co/Q675mvcxvI
— 2AClergy (@2_clergy) June 30, 2022
The high court vacated the laws after the Bruen decision, which essentially sends the cases back to the lower courts for a fresh look, considering the new legal landscape.
Thomas wrote of the Bruen decision, “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.”
8. Fourth (and *last*) #SCOTUS decision in an argued case today is in Bruen (the NY gun case). For a 6-3 majority (conservatives vs. liberals), Justice Thomas holds that the Second Amendment protects a right to carry arms in public, striking down NY law:https://t.co/uTcIO6GY8A
— Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 23, 2022
Democrats immediately reacted negatively to both the Bruen cases and the remanding of the cases centered around other strict gun laws.
Conservatives celebrated, and credited former President Donald Trump, again, for appointing three conservative justices to the high court’s bench, which seems to be paying dividends this year.