The US Supreme Court has ruled that the Constitution gives people the right to carry a gun outside their home, in a significant new ruling for gun rights.
The decision is expected to allow more people to legally carry firearms in some of America’s biggest cities – such as LA, New York and Boston – and is the court’s first major decision on gun rights in more than a decade.
It comes as Congress is working on changes to gun laws following the shooting at a school in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were murdered.
The Supreme Court justices quashed a New York law – in place since 1913 – that required people to show a particular need in order to get a licence to carry a gun in public.
They said it violated the Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms”.
People can legally carry a gun in public in much of the US, but it is more difficult in some states. In New York, “proper cause” has to be shown when applying for such a licence.
California, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Hawaii, Maryland and Rhode Island have similar laws – that are now likely to be challenged.
Supporters of the New York law had argued that a change would lead to more guns on the streets and violent crime.
But the Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision concluded that the Constitution protects “an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self defence outside the home”.
It last ruled on gun rights in 2008 and 2010, when it said the Second Amendment enshrined the right to keep a gun inside the home.