Supreme Court Victory – Concealed Carry – Despite the potential gun laws being passed in the Senate, at least there is some good news on the horizon. Today the US Supreme Court ruled against the state of New York stating that they have been infringing on people’s right to concealed carry in public since the early 1900s.
This is a major blow to states like California, New York, New Jersey, Hawaii, and other states that have now confirmed un-Constitutionally prevented ordinary citizens from protecting themselves.
Since 1913, New York has prevented the carrying of handguns in public, and in a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court decided that it was a direct violation of the right to “keep and bear arms”.
In a majority opinion, Justice Thomas stated that “We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need”, if I read that I would insinuate that there isn’t even a need for any permitting for a concealed carry license in general.
President Biden said that this ruling was against the Constitution and common sense, and “in the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more as a society – not less – to protect our fellow Americans.”
I agree with the President, as a society we need to protect one another better, and there is no way to do that better than to take my own protection into my hands because there isn’t a police officer with me everywhere to do so.
I would re-iterate that in my belief if there was an armed teacher/security guard, or if there was a concealed-carrying mother in New York, maybe they could have stopped these tragedies.
Of course, New York’s Governor is stating that the state will now become the “Wild West” which is something that I find rather ironic considering that New York consistently rates in the top 5 states with the most gun violence along with Illinois and California (Texas and Florida were also in top 5).
This to me would indicate that the strict gun laws in three of those states and the relatively few in the other two are essentially a wash. I would also guess that the “gun violence” statistics would likely be a result of a lot more injuries or criminal injuries/deaths in those three states as only criminals have guns, and if you do have guns, odds are your training or using them is a lot less common or encouraged.
So to the readers in those unlucky states that might now have a chance, do it right and learn from the states who have been carrying for years now. Get a good quality handgun of your choice, one that shoots well for you and that you can afford to practice with often. Follow that up with good training from a reputable instructor (YouTube can augment but there is a lot of bad data out there).
Finally, get a good-quality holster. For those in warmer climates for large parts of the year, I would highly recommend looking at the magnetic concealed carry holster from JM4 because you can wear it with gym shorts when it’s 100 degrees out, and it doesn’t need a belt. Carry responsibly, because if we all do it will ensure that our kids can have the same rights we do right now.
Author: Ian Bolser