Gun Rights Advocates Celebrate Supreme Court Concealed Handgun Decision

( – Second Amendment purists and gun rights advocates across the United States of America are celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision striking down a New York state law that restricted who could carry a concealed handgun outside of the home.

As the Associated Press noted of the decision, “In a major expansion of gun rights, the Supreme Court said Thursday that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public for self-defense.”

And no organization is more pleased with the court’s decision than the National Rifle Association (NRA).

The NRA issued the following statement:

“Today’s ruling is a watershed win for good men and women all across America and is the result of a decades-long fight the NRA has led,” Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, said in a statement Thursday. “The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home. This ruling brings life-saving justice to law-abiding Americans who have lived under unconstitutional regimes all across our country, particularly in cities and states with revolving-door criminal justice systems, no cash bail, and increased harassment of law enforcement.” [emphasis added]

And, writing for the court, Justice Clarence Thomas stated:

“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. 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. Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.” [emphasis added]