The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a New York state law requiring people to show “good reason” to carry a firearm violates the US Constitution.
The 6-3 ruling split the judges into ideological lines, with the court’s three liberal judges saying they would have upheld the law.
The legal battle involved the extent of the Second Amendment right to carry a firearm in the Empire State, and how far states can go to regulate who gets a gun and for what purpose.
The judges reviewed New York’s policy on licensing a firearm after two applicants and the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association challenged state law requiring anyone who wants to carry a gun outdoors must obtain a permit. requests and “proper cause” for the need to carry the weapon.
Robert Nash applied for a permit, named a string of robberies in his area, and verified he had “advanced firearms training.” Brendan Koch also applied for a permit, noting that he had “extensive experience” in safely handling firearms.
New York officials had denied both men a permit, saying they had no “good reason” for carrying a gun in self-defense.
The men and the gun rights group argued that courts have made split decisions about a state’s discretion in denying the right to keep and carry guns outside the home.
But on Thursday, the Supreme Court said the requirement infringed a person’s right to self-defense.