The gun ruling was the Supreme Court’s first major ruling on the Second Amendment – which enshrines the “right to bear arms” – since 2010, when it established the right to keep a gun. home to defend themselves.
The latest case was brought by two gun owners and backed by the National Rifle Association, America’s largest pro-gun organization.
It sought to overturn a New York state law, enacted in 1913, that requires people to demonstrate reasons why they should carry a handgun in public places and then qualify for a permit.
While concealed weapons can already be carried in some Republican-ruled states, others, including California, Massachusetts and New Jersey, have laws similar to New York’s.
In the ruling, Judge Clarence Thomas wrote that the constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
This means that individual states will be prevented from imposing restrictions.
The decision was a landslide victory for the NRA.