A victory for the gun lobby. The Supreme Court of the United States invalidated, Thursday, June 23, a law of the State of New York on the carrying of weapons, which enshrines the right of Americans to leave their homes armed. This decision was taken by a majority of six judges out of nine, all conservatives. It comes as the country is still reeling from a series of deadly shootings, one of which, on May 24, killed 21 people in an elementary school in Texas.

The powerful arms lobby, the National Rifle Association (NRA), immediately hailed a “victoire” on Twitter. Lhe NRA points out that the high court had declared “unconstitutional” them “restrictions” to bear weapons prescribed by New York State law.

The decision, on the other hand, represents a strong snub for the supporters of a better regulation of firearms, whose efforts it will complicate. Concretely, it relates to a law which, since 1913, has limited the issuance of permits to carry concealed weapons to people who have reason to believe that they may have to defend themselves, for example because of their profession or threats against them.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul lamented a “gloomy day” after this Supreme Court decision. He is “outrageous, absolutely outrageous that they took away our rights to enjoy sensible restrictions” on firearms, the chief executive of one of the most strict states in the United States in terms of carrying firearms told reporters. While thehe mayor of New York fears “a wave of gun violence”.

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