On Thursday, June 23, New York Governor Kathy Hochul denounced a Supreme Court decision that overturned a centuries-old state weapons regulation, thus allowing the covert transportation of weapons in public places. The court ruled by a vote of 6-3 that the right to carry a concealed weapon in public is a fundamental right, especially for self-defense purposes, overturning a state law that required citizens to provide “just cause” to authorities for acquire a concealed transport permit. “Because New York State only issues public transportation licenses when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state’s licensing regime violates the Constitution,” wrote Judge Clarence Thomas, a senior Conservative judge. Hochul said the decision “is setting us back in our efforts to protect families and prevent gun violence” and “could endanger millions of New Yorkers.” Her remarks came during a press conference during which she signed Alyssa’s law, which will require schools to have silent panic alarms directly linked to law enforcement. The law is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Credit: Governor Kathy Hochul via Storyful
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