US Supreme Court backs right to carry guns in public | US News

US Supreme Court backs right to carry guns in public | US News

The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home, in a significant new ruling for gun rights.

The decision is expected to allow more people to legally carry firearms in some of America’s biggest cities and is the court’s first major decision on gun rights in more than a decade.

It comes as Congress is working on changes to gun laws following the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered.

The Supreme Court justices’ decision quashed a New York law – in place since 1913 – that required people to show a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a licence to carry one in public.

They said it violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”.

People can legally carry a gun in public in much of the US, but it is more difficult in some states. In New York, “proper cause” had to be shown when applying for such a licence.

California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland and Rhode Island have similar laws that are now likely to be challenged after today’s ruling.

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