The United States Supreme Court, with a conservative majority, expanded the right to bear arms in the country by striking down a New York state law that prohibits carrying weapons in public.
The ruling had the vote in favor of the six conservative judges of the court and against the three progressives.
For their part, the magistrates criticized that the court’s decision “can have lethal consequences”.
The resolution may now have implications in seven other states with similar laws: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
The ruling comes at the height of the national debate on the possession of weapons in the country, enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, after the recent mass shootings.
On May 24, the 18-year-old Salvador Ramos He broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas with a legally purchased rifle and killed 19 children and two teachers.
Days earlier, on May 14, a white man committed a racist crime when he entered an armed supermarket in a majority black neighborhood in Buffalo (New York state) and killed ten people.
Democrats advocate banning assault rifle sales and background checks on gun buyers, while Republicans oppose it, saying shootings should be addressed as a mental health issue.
A group of senators from both parties reached an agreement to pass legislation with minimum measures to control weapons, which includes the confiscation of weapons from people who are considered a danger.
The Governor of New York, Kathy HochulI consider “outrageous” and “reckless” the ruling of the Supreme. “Terrible, absolutely terrible, that they have “taken away our right to impose reasonable restrictions“, said.
“We may have restrictions on speech, you can’t yell fire in a crowded theater but somehow restrictions aren’t allowed in the 2nd Amendment” of the Constitution that guarantees the right to bear arms since 1788, when there was only “arquebuses”.
“I feel that black day has come”, he added. “We will not back down, we will defend ourselves”, he promised.
Hochul accused the six judges who voted in favor of acting “irresponsibly”. “In response to this ruling, we are carefully reviewing our options – including a special session of the legislature.”
“When we had just passed a leading gun reform law in the country, I will continue to do everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence“, wrote.
America’s powerful gun lobby, the NRA, on Thursday celebrated a Supreme Court ruling reaffirming the fundamental right of citizens to carry them in public.
“The NRA scores a victory!”, exclaimed the National Rifle Association (NRA) on its Twitter account, to highlight that the highest US court had declared “unconstitutional” the “restrictions” to the possession of weapons provided for in a law of the state of New York (East).