Breaking down the wild week in supreme court decisions (NY open carry & Roe v. Wade)

Two supreme court decisions released in the same week have shocked the system, and now protestors have taken to the streets, in outrage over the landmark decisions made.

On Wednesday, June 22nd, the supreme court ruled in a 6-3 majority for the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. the ruling struck down laws that had required individuals to show 'proper cause' of obtaining a concealed carry license. The case in question: New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Inc. v Bruen which may be considered the first major 2nd amendment case to be heard in over a decade.

Judge Clarence Thomas had this to say in agreement with the majority ruling: “that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”

The ruling caused mass debate on social media over 'May issue' laws against concealed carry gun ownership. These laws exist in the following states:

  • New York

  • California

  • New Jersey

  • Delaware

  • Hawaii

  • Massachusets

  • Rhode Island

  • Maryland (Including Washington D.C.)

  • and others

The N.R.A. declared the ruling a victory and issued the following statement: "the right to bear arms does not stop at a person’s front door.”

In Response, NY Governor Kathy Hochul suggested more gun control bills be passed due to the ruling. She then announced a special Thursday legislative session planned to pass more legislation. With another example of democrats doing everything they can to circumvent the Supreme Courts Rulings.

The belief by many however was this decision was announced on Wednesday to reduce blowback and conflicts before they release a ruling that would overturn Roe V. Wade.

The Supreme court followed up with a 6-3 majority ruling that overturned Roe V. Wade, breaking a 50-year debate over federal abortion protection in the United States. The ruling returned the right to an abortion to the states.

Justice Alito wrote in reference to the ruling, “The Constitution makes no reference to abortion, and no such right is implicitly protected by any constitutional provision, including the one on which the defenders of Roe and Casey now chiefly rely — the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Trigger laws in several states will take effect in the next 30 days. Kentucky, Louisiana, and South Dakota have trigger laws, meaning they took effect immediately when the ruling came down. The laws ban abortion outright or with limited exceptions. Idaho, Tennessee, and Texas have trigger laws that ban abortion within 30 days of the ruling. Trigger laws in another seven states will take effect once a specified official certifies the decision, according to the Guttmacher Institute, a reproductive rights advocacy group. Those states are Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Utah, and Wyoming. Florida and Arizona each recently passed a 15-week ban, with Florida set to take effect July 1st.

Midterm elections in North Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nebraska, Michigan, and Wisconsin, may affect the ruling on abortion in those states.

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