The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a law that would make it more difficult for residents of New York state to carry weapons undetected. According to news agency AP The decision is expected to affect a quarter of the US population.
The decision by the United States’ highest court will make it easier for many people in major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Boston to carry a gun undetected. Six judges voted in favour, three against.
The judges invoked their decision on the Second Amendment to the Constitution, which guarantees the right to bear arms in the US. According to AP The Supreme Court has now interfered with gun law for the first time in more than a decade.
The law stated that gun bearers must have a “good reason” for carrying weapons out of sight. The decision of the Supreme Court now overturns that law. The decision may also affect California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island. Those are states with similar laws to New York.
Supreme Court rulings affect all American states and are therefore very influential. The ruling sets a precedent for states with similar laws.
The decision follows several mass shootings in the US, including those at an elementary school in the Texas town of Uvalde. The US Congress has been working hard in the aftermath to tighten gun laws in the country, but has encountered resistance from the Republican Party.