The Supreme Court issued a major ruling Thursday in favor of Second Amendment-protected gun rights and anti-gun President Joe Biden was quite unhappy with that decision.
The president released a statement shortly after the court’s ruling was made public to express how “deeply disappointed” he was and to, for all intents and purposes, encourage states to ignore the nation’s highest court and proceed with imposing restrictive gun control laws, the Conservative Brief reported.
Interestingly enough, Biden’s statement barely even addressed the issue that the Supreme Court had dealt with, namely, an arbitrary restriction New York had imposed on its concealed carry licensing scheme that made such licenses virtually impossible for most gun-owning New Yorkers to actually acquire.
Biden seems to “urge states” to ignore the pro-gun SCOTUS ruling
“I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen,” Biden said in the statement. “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,” he continued. “This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.”
The president then referenced recent mass shooting incidents — which have absolutely nothing to do with concealed carry licensing schemes — and 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,” Biden continued, followed by a disingenuous and out-of-context citation of the late Justice Antonin Scalia saying that “the Second Amendment is not absolute.”
“For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations,” the president added. “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.”
New York’s arbitrary “proper cause” requirement for concealed carry was struck down
According to SCOTUSblog, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 to strike down a provision of New York’s concealed carry licensing scheme that required applicants to provide “proper cause” for why they deserved a concealed carry license above and beyond a basic desire to be armed to protect themselves and others from attacks.
Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the majority opinion and ultimately held that “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.”
He went on to assert in his lengthy opinion that the Second Amendment — which is applied to the individual states by virtue of the Fourteenth Amendment — protected the pre-existing “right to keep and bear arms” and that “keep and bear” was equivalent to “possess and carry,” which naturally would apply both inside a person’s home as well as out in public.
As things stood before that decision, only six states including New York had “may issue” concealed carry laws that contained the arbitrary “proper cause” requirement to obtain a license, while 43 states had “shall issue” laws in which any applicant that met basic and objective qualifications could receive a license to carry a concealed firearm — but this ruling will now force those six “may issue” states to become “shall issue” like all of the others.