Supreme Court Justices Signal They May Strike Down New York Restrictions On Concealed Carry Of Guns

Conservative U.S. Supreme Court justices appeared to be leaning Wednesday toward striking down a New York law restricting concealed carry even as they acknowledged there are some places guns should be prohibited, in a case that could have sweeping implications for how states regulate the carrying of firearms in public.

The justices heard arguments in a challenge to a New York law that prohibits people from carrying concealed handguns unless they have a license, which is only given if the gun owner shows they have “proper cause”—something the petitioners allege infringes on their Second Amendment rights.

Justices including Amy Coney Barrett and Chief Justice John Roberts acknowledged there are some “sensitive” places where guns can be banned—which the gun rights petitioners agreed with—with Barrett bringing up the example of Times Square on New Year’s Eve and Roberts noting he can understand regulations around places like “giant stadiums.”

Several justices questioned New York’s argument that it grants more unrestricted licenses for concealed carry in rural areas—as opposed to more densely populated areas like New York City—with Roberts questioning how that’s in line with prior court precedent giving Americans a right to have firearms for self-defense.

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