(FiveNation.com)- Gun laws might be about to change in New York, and it will have a sweeping effect on the way the nation’s various authorities view Americans’ right to bear arms.
Recently during oral arguments for the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen case, the Supreme Court’s questioning indicated that members of the nation’s highest court have major reservations about the massively restrictive gun regulations in New York – particularly with regards to obtaining concealed carry permits.
The case is the biggest gun rights case to reach the Supreme Court is more than 10 years, and with a 6-3 conservative (or constitutionalist) majority on the court, things could be about to change.
Barbara Underwood, the New York Solicitor General, said that the state currently uses discretion to evaluate an individual’s application for a concealed carry permit. Applicants are required to show a “proper cause” for needing a gun, which may include a threat of danger.
It prompted Justice Brett Kavanaugh to ask, “why isn’t it good enough to say that I live in a violent area and I want to defend myself?”
Justice Samuel Alito also offered a hypothetical scenario that involves somebody working late at night and wanting to own a gun to protect them if they have to walk to or from a bus station or subway in a high-crime neighborhood.
Justice Alito also noted that the present laws would stop somebody from successfully applying for such a permit if they simply state that they feel unsafe without it.
He asked how such a rule is consistent with the right to self-defense.
These are good questions, and indications that the court could be about to change how New York looks at gun laws. New York City may finally allow its residents to defend themselves. And given the massive rise in crime in the city recently, that’s no doubt going to make a lot of people very happy.
We’ll report more on the case as it unfolds.