In 2022, the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association vs. Bruen case emphasized that the right to possess and craft firearms also extends beyond one’s home, alongside the right to bear arms.
Here are the key details of the Bruen gun case: Essentially, the New York State’s special need requirement and “proper cause” for carrying a concealed firearm outside the home were invalidated. Following the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit’s affirmation of the district court’s decision, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch petitioned the U.S. Supreme Court and were granted certiorari.
The central question in the Bruen case is whether New York State’s special needs and proper cause requirements for self-defense infringe upon the Second Amendment.
The rule in the Bruen case states that both the Second and Fourteenth Amendments safeguard an individual’s right to carry a handgun for self-defense beyond their residence. Furthermore, New York State’s special needs and proper cause requirements are found to be in violation of an individual’s Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The Bruen case has been a long-anticipated development in the realm of gun rights. In 2008, the D.C. Heller decision affirmed that the Second Amendment protects an individual’s right to bear arms independent of militia service. The 2010 MacDonald case extended this right to both federal and state governments. Finally, the Supreme Court, in the Bruen case, determined that all firearm bans are not permissible.