Erica Carlin| During a press briefing, a very flustered Biden complained about the SCOTUS’s recent gun ruling complaining, “I am disappointed in the Supreme Court gun decision. There is one little bit of solace. And the — the minority making up the majority opinion has laid out that it affects not every state; it affects only 40 states. A lot of states it affects”
Biden waved his personal notes around idly as he continued, “And the phrase that I found noticeable was: There’s a difference between states that say “may” and say “shall.” If you have to say you “shall” give, you “shall” do ABC, they’re the ones that are going to have problems. But most say “may.” I mean, “may” — I got it reversed — “may” and “shall.”
Adding, “And so there are — the gun laws in 40 of these states are still in place based on the decision. Not good enough, but it’s — I think it’s a bad decision. I think it’s — and I think it’s not reasoned accurately. But I’m disappointed.”
All the while the clueless Biden held up his private notes for everyone to see. They were embarrassing reminders like “YOU take YOUR seat”:
Offshore Wind Drop-By Sequence of Events
-YOU enter the Roosevelt Room and say hello to participants
-YOU take YOUR seat
-YOU give brief comments (Minutes)
-YOU ask Liz Shuler AFL-CIO President a question
-Note: Liz is joining virtually.
-YOU thank participants
The existing standard required an applicant to show “proper cause” for seeking a license, and allowed New York officials to exercise discretion in determining whether a person has shown a good enough reason for needing to carry a firearm. Stating that one wished to protect themselves or their property was not enough.
“In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense. We too agree, and now hold, consistent with Heller and McDonald, that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the Court’s opinion, referencing two previous gun cases. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution.”
The Supreme Court’s Ruling:
The Supreme Court Thursday ruled 6-3 that New York’s regulations that made it difficult to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun were unconstitutionally restrictive, and that it should be easier to obtain such a license.