The Supreme Court’s 6-3 ruling Thursday on gun rights comes down to this: The Second Amendment doesn’t disappear when you walk through your front door. Expressed this way, it seems obvious, but many appellate judges disagree. For a frustrating decade, the Supreme Court was too timid to straighten them out, but Justice Clarence Thomas’ majority opinion was worth the wait.
New York State Rifles and Pistols Association vs. Bruen challenged Empire State regulations on carrying a gun in public. Open carry in New York is prohibited. With few exceptions, such as for judges, obtaining a permit to carry a concealed handgun requires demonstrating “just cause”. This has been interpreted to mean “a special need” for self-defense, beyond that of “the community at large or people in the same profession”.