US: Supreme Court overturns a 1913 gun ownership law in New York

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The Supreme Court, by a vote of 6 to 3, ruled unconstitutional a New York State law restricting the right of citizens to carry concealed weapons in public, thus giving New Yorkers the right to leave their homes armed.

New York Governor Kathy Hawkle described the Supreme Court ruling as “absolutely shocking” and said she “regrets that this dark day has come”.

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“It is scandalous, it is absolutely scandalous that we are being deprived of the right to have reasonable restrictions” on firearms, the governor told reporters. “I am very sorry that this day has come,” he added in a press conference.

The powerful NRA lobby that promotes gun ownership spoke of a “victory” in a Twitter post, stressing that Supreme Court judges deemed the restrictions provided by law in New York “unconstitutional.”

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“The Supreme Court has ruled that the right to bear arms does not stop at the door of one’s home,” he added, accompanying the post with an icon symbolizing “celebration.”

This decision is considered a blow to those who argued that a more rational framework for gun ownership should be established and is believed to complicate their efforts.

Source: Capital

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