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New York Gun Law Overturned By U.S. Supreme Court

NEW YORK CITY — The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a New York law that limits people from carrying concealed handguns — a major victory for gun-rights advocates that local leaders fear could cause firearms to flood the city’s streets.

The 6-3 decision, with an opinion by Justice Clarence Thomas, ruled that the state’s restrictions violate the Second Amendment. The ruling had been largely expected ever since the majority-conservative court heard arguments in November, with most justices appearing skeptical of the state’s century-old law.

The law forces anyone seeking to carry a gun outside their home to go through an extensive review process that requires them to prove they have some extra need to do so — for example, working as a security guard, as THE CITY reported this month.

Thanks to that law, the state only issued about 54,000 carry permits in 2018 and 2019. New York is one of just seven states that impose such limits on handgun carrying permits, THE CITY reported.

City and state officials say the law is a crucial tool for stemming the tide of handguns on city streets, as the number of guns seized by New York City police continues to rise.

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