Supreme Court strikes down New York gun law restricting concealed carry

A U.S. Supreme Court police officer stands past gun-rights demonstrators outside the Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019.

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The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that requires applicants for a license to carry a concealed gun to have a “proper cause” to do so.

The ruling is a significant victory for gun rights advocates who had challenged New York’s restrictive law, which made it a crime to carry a concealed firearm without a license.

The Supreme Court’s six conservative justices voted to invalidate the law, with Justice Clarence Thomas writing the majority opinion in the case. The court’s three liberals voted to uphold the law, with Justice Stephen Breyer writing a dissent on the decision.

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