US Supreme Court extends right to carry firearms

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The Supreme Court in Washington strengthens gun laws with a ruling.

(Photo: Reuters)

Washington The US Supreme Court has extended the right to carry firearms in public with a far-reaching decision. The Supreme Court on Thursday overturned a New York state law that requires people to have valid reason to carry a handgun concealed. The law is unconstitutional because it prevents “law-abiding citizens” from exercising their right to own and bear arms, the ruling said.

New York governor Kathy Hochul was disappointed. “It is outrageous that at a time when gun violence is being debated nationwide, the Supreme Court is recklessly overturning a New York City law restricting the concealed carrying of guns,” she lamented.

A new debate about gun violence has flared up in the United States after several massacres involving firearms. At the end of May, an 18-year-old gunman shot dead 19 children and two teachers at an elementary school in the small town of Uvalde, Texas. In mid-April, an 18-year-old opened fire in front of and inside a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people.

In response, a bipartisan group in the US Senate has agreed on a bill to improve gun violence protection. There could be a vote on this later this week. The draft law cleared a first procedural hurdle in the Senate in a vote on Tuesday evening (local time) with a non-partisan majority.

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