President Joe Biden said he was “deeply disappointed” by a US Supreme Court ruling striking down a New York law that requires gun owners to show a need for self-defense to carry a concealed weapon outside their home.
Thursday’s high court ruling argues that the century-old law marks an unconstitutional violation of Second Amendment rights. The president said the new ruling undermines the state’s “longstanding authority to protect its citizens.”
“This ruling contradicts both common sense and the constitution, and should concern us all deeply,” he said.
The president pointed to the recent gun massacres in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas, as well as “daily acts of gun violence that don’t make national headlines” in his call to “do more as a society, not less, to protect our fellow citizens”. He also urged states to write and uphold “common sense laws” to combat the proliferation of firearms.
“I’m calling on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are at stake,” she said.
The Biden administration has backed a bipartisan gun reform bill that, among other measures, would fund mental health and school safety programs and close a loophole of “boyfriend” years by adding romantic partners convicted of domestic violence crimes. to a list of domestic violence offenders. The carrying of firearms is prohibited.
Congressional passage of the Bipartisan Secure Communities Act “will take significant steps to save lives,” according to a statement from the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The legislation “would make significant progress in combating gun violence,” the office said. “As communities continue to experience gun violence every day, the administration calls for swift passage of this life-saving legislation.”
In the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc v BruenThe Supreme Court was asked to consider whether the Second Amendment allows the government to bar gun owners from carrying guns outside their homes for self-defense, a challenge that could change precedent on concealed-carry restrictions and rules about how and where Americans can carry them. guns in the US
The court’s conservative majority ruled Thursday 6-3 in favor of the organization in an opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas.
New York Governor Kathy Hochul said in a statement it is “scandalous that at a time of national reckoning over gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits who can carry concealed weapons.”