US Supreme Court expands gun rights

Justices on the US Supreme Court have ruled that the Constitution protects the right to carry handguns in public.

The ruling overturned a New York state law that limited the carrying of concealed weapons outside the home. Residents were required to get a license and prove "proper cause" to have a gun for self-defense. However, the justices ruled that the law violates an individual's Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms."

New York Governor Kathy Hochul criticized the ruling. She said it isn't just reckless, but reprehensible and against the wishes of New Yorkers. She added that the state should have the right to determine its own gun laws.

Hochul said Americans are already dealing with a crisis of gun violence and don't need to "add more fuel to this fire."

President Joe Biden said he was "deeply disappointed" by the ruling and that it contradicts common sense and the Constitution. He noted that the New York law against carrying concealed weapons had been on the books since the early 20th century.

A woman in New York City said she feels like it's the Wild West and that no one wants to walk around knowing that if you make anyone mad or if something happens, somebody can get shot.

A man in New York City said the Constitution states that we need to bear arms and that he sees nothing wrong with that. He added that there are going to be certain weapon restrictions based on location.

US lawmakers have been trying to tighten gun restrictions following mass shootings last month in New York state and Texas. They are seeking stricter background checks on people who want to buy firearms.

Gun violence in the US has already claimed the lives of more than 20,000 people since the start of the year.