SCOTUS vacates several strict gun control decisions, sends back to lower courts

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.

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.”

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.