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Supreme Court expands rights to carry guns in public as the Senate passes bipartisan gun-control bill

Friday, June 24, 2022

Though the overturn of Roe v. Wade is getting top billing in most news media, the Supreme Court issued another landmark decision this week.

“The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that law-abiding Americans have a right to carry a handgun outside the home for self-defense, issuing a watershed constitutional ruling against firearm restrictions as the nation reels from a spate of mass shootings and its political leaders are divided over how to curb such violence,” Robert Barnes and Ann Marimow report for The Washington Post. “The court’s conservatives prevailed in a 6-to-3 decision that struck a New York law requiring a special need for carrying a weapon and puts at risk similar laws in Maryland, California, New Jersey, Hawaii and Massachusetts.”


In the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the Second Amendment must be subject to the same rules as other amendments: “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”


In the dissenting opinion, Justice Stephen Breyer noted that there have been more than 275 mass shootings in the U.S. since January, and that gun violence is the top cause of death for children and teens in the U.S., the Post reports. The Second Amendment allows state and local governments to address gun violence, he wrote, but the Supreme Court ruling will make that more difficult.


Also on Thursday, the Senate passed with a 65 to 33 vote a bipartisan gun-control bill that marks the most significant such legislation in decades, Melissa Quinn reports for CBS News. President Biden is expected to sign it.


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  1. Sally says:

    Good thing we have a Supreme Court that is willing to stand for our country while the Biden administration is attempting to destroy it.

  2. Dburr says:

    Do you have to ask?

  3. Brandon says:

    Ill take a shot at this one. Biden supports those that burn our flag, disrespect our national anthem, and tear down our monuments. Biden pushes socialism ,defunding the police, open boarders, santuary cities, increased crime, no arrests for minor crimes or drug offenses, no bail releases. He supports radical political groups like Black Lives Matter, higher taxes, ending America’s energy independence, and teaching gender illusion and confusion. Joe also is promoting critical race hate to our young children in our schools. He chooses his high ranking staff and officials based totaly on skin color. Gas prices and inflation are record highs under his watch. The US is a laughing stock in other world leaders eyes. Not only is Biden attempting to destroy our country he’s doing a damn good job of it. Mission accomplished Joe. You make the Squad very happy. How can anyone in their right mind say our country is better off with Joe? LETS GO BRANDON !!!!

  4. Billy bob says:

    Just wait, the shit will hit the fan in few years, the minority controlling the majority will totally flip flop, and I will laugh my ass off

  5. Brandon says:

    Crickets ……………

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