Carrying a firearm is illegal for anyone who is mentally ill. The question is, “What is a “good reason” to carry a firearm?”
A recent Supreme Court decision makes this more complicated. While gun rights groups hail this ruling as a victory for gun owners, gun safety advocates say it will lead to more gun violence. While the Supreme Court’s decision is not binding, the ruling will help states strengthen their laws on carrying firearms. In the future, the states will be required to raise the training requirements for those who wish to carry firearms and make them more stringent when it comes to revoking licenses.
One major decision from the court came in a case brought by New York gun owners. They argued that New York’s rules making it difficult to obtain a concealed carry permit violated the Constitution and deprived gun owners of their constitutional right to bear arms. This case also extends the right to carry a firearm for self-defense in the home, which was established in two precedents in 2008: Heller v. Chicago and McDonald v. Chicago.
Currently, nine states have “right-to-carry” laws. Most of these states allow individuals to carry certain firearms under certain conditions, but they are not concealed weapons. They may also be loaded while being transported. Despite the fact that they are not concealed weapons, many states have prohibited some firearms from being carried by civilians in public places, primarily because of their high risk of misuse by criminals. Moreover, carrying a firearm is illegal in certain places, such as some government buildings, financial institutions, and educational establishments. While New York City is very strict in granting permits, Texas routinely grants them.