Justice Thomas: 2nd Amendment Protects Americans' Right to Carry Gun for Self Defense
Clarence Thomas cites Constitution in landmark gun rights ruling
Justice Clarence Thomas has declared that Americans' right to carry a gun for self-defense is protected by the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Thomas defended the right to "bear Arms" in his opinion on the Supreme Court's landmark ruling on a gun restriction case.
On Thursday, the SCOTUS voted 6-3 on its ruling in NYSRPA v. Bruen.
The Court overruled legislation from the Left that placed restrictions on gun ownership.
In his opinion, Thomas wrote that the Second Amendment protects an “individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense outside the home.”
The Supreme Court ruled that restrictions on gun ownership are unconstitutional as they infringe upon 2A rights.
Thomas pointed to District of Columbia v. Heller (2008) and McDonald v. Chicago (2010) in his opinion.
He notes that, in those cases, the SCOTUS “recognized that the Second and Fourteenth Amendments protect the right of an ordinary, law-abiding citizen to possess a handgun in the home for self-defense.”
He then turned his attention to NYSRPA v. Bruen.
"In this case, petitioners and respondents agree that ordinary, law-abiding citizens have a similar right to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense," he wrote.
Thomas observed, “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.”
Later in the Opinion, Thomas noted:
“Although we remarked in Heller that the need for armed self-defense is perhaps ‘most acute’ in the home, id., at 628, we did not suggest that the need was insignificant elsewhere.
"Many Americans hazard greater danger outside the home than in it.
"The text of the Second Amendment reflects that reality.”
“The Second Amendment’s plain text thus presumptively guarantees [the NYSPRA] petitioners…a right to ‘bear’ arms in public for self-defense,” he concluded.
Despite the numerous false claims from Biden and Democrats about what the Second Amendment does or doesn’t say, it says nothing more or nothing less than the following:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.