Equal Protection is a thing

Long time no post, but here's a few thoughts on the most recent SCOTUS ruling handed down today:

Held: New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms in public for self-defense.
I mainly just wanted to point out that this ruling is about the FOURTEENTH Amendment. The SCOTUS already decided on the Second Amendment as being an idividual right. In this case, the State of New York was requiring people to essentially "prove" WHY they needed an unrestricted carry permit, i.e. carry outside the home, similar to what most other states just call a carry permit. I have long said that "May issue" licensing regimes like this are a clear violation of "equal protection of the laws" described in the 14th. Today, SCOTUS agreed, and I expect this will mean the few states who hold on to this, like NY, NJ and California (maybe Illinois?) will have to revise their statutes or face similar suits in the near future. It's certainly not about SCOTUS "forcing more guns on the streets" or other such "Wild West" nonsense coming from the anti-gun folks.


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