Biden Responds To SCOTUS Striking Down New York’s Concealed Carry Law

On Thursday, President Biden responded to the Supreme Court striking down a law in New York that placed restrictions on New Yorkers who want to carry a concealed firearm. Biden said that the ruling “contradicts” the Constitution – despite the ruling being in favor of Constitutional protections.

“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen,” Biden said. “Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.”

Biden then pointed to the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, suggesting that the tragedies should affect the Court’s interpretation of the Second Amendment.

“In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more as a society — not less — to protect our fellow Americans,” Biden said. “I remain committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. I have already taken more executive actions to reduce gun violence than any other President during their first year in office, and I will continue to do all that I can to protect Americans from gun violence.”

“I urge states to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence… I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line,” he concluded.

Earlier Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 in favor of gun rights in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, saying that New York’s concealed carry restrictions violated Americans’ Second and 14th Amendment rights.

“We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need. That is not how the First Amendment works when it comes to unpopular speech or the free exercise of religion. It is not how the Sixth Amendment works when it comes to a defendant’s right to confront the witnesses against him. And it is not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas in the majority opinion.

“New York’s proper-cause requirement violates the Fourteenth Amendment in that it prevents law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms,” he added.