The Democrats’ rage at the Supreme Court is only set to grow.
Conservatives just scored a major victory.
And Clarence Thomas dropped a bombshell ruling that left Joe Biden just one thing to say.
Justice Clarence Thomas authored the blockbuster opinion in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen which held that Americans’ ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights extended to conceal carry out in public.
In a six to three majority opinion Justice Thomas declared that the Second Amendment was not a “second-class right” and it was time to treat it similarly to all the other freedoms guaranteed under the Constitution.
“The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not ‘a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees,'” Justice Thomas stated. “The exercise of other constitutional rights does not require individuals to demonstrate to government officers some special need. The Second Amendment right to carry arms in public for self-defense is no different. New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”
Justice Thomas also obliterated the idea that the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms was something that only applied inside one’s home and ended when an individual walked out the door.
“Nothing in the Second Amendment’s text draws a home/public distinction with respect to the right to keep and bear arms, and the definition of ‘bear’ naturally encompasses public carry. Moreover, the Second Amendment guarantees an ‘individual right to possess and carry weapons in case of confrontation,’ and confrontation can surely take place outside the home,” Justice Thomas added.
This case also set up challenges to gun control around the country by erasing the two-step process the court normally used to judge gun control disputes.
Under the two-step rule the court first decided if the gun grab before the justices infringed upon a right outside the scope of the Second Amendment.
The second prong of the test forced the judges to decide if a core Second Amendment right was curbed by the gun grab.
Under the Bruen decision Justice Thomas laid out that the government now had to prove any gun control was consistent with America’s “history and tradition” of gun control.
This is a massive win for Second Amendment rights advocates.
Joe Biden was left fuming by this massive defeat.
When Biden ran for president in 2020, he claimed one of his signature achievements was the 1994 so-called “assault weapons” ban.
Such a law would no longer stand up to judicial scrutiny and potentially neither do gun grabs like red flag confiscation laws.
All Biden could do was rant and rave to reporters after the fact.
“I was just talking to [New York Governor Kathy Hochul] about this, I am disappointed in the Supreme Court gun decision,” Biden began.
“Not good enough, but I think it’s a bad decision, I think it’s not reasoned accurately, but I’m disappointed,” Biden concluded.
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