(TheConservativeNews) – The US Supreme Court ruled that a New York law requiring residents to prove “proper cause” to carry concealed firearms in public violates the US Constitution.
President Joe Biden released a statement in response to the Supreme Court’s ruling on Thursday; saying he is “deeply disappointed” with the decision.
In Biden’s official statement on the Supreme Court’s ruling on guns, the president made some pretty bizarre claims, including that the Supreme Court’s decision goes against the Constitution, while also trying to tie the mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde to the right to bear arms.
Biden’s official statement said:
I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen. Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license. More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all.
In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more as a society — not less — to protect our fellow Americans. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer. I have already taken more executive actions to reduce gun violence than any other President during their first year in office, and I will continue to do all that I can to protect Americans from gun violence.
I urge states to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence. As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations.
I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line.
Biden’s statement came minutes after Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul also condemned the ruling, calling it a “dark day” for New York. Hochul stated that the U.S. only had access to muskets when the 2nd Amendment was written, and that she was “prepared to go back to muskets” through gun restrictions.
Biden later answered questions from the press and reiterated that he felt disappointed, and said, “There is one little bit of solace in the minority making up the majority opinion… has laid out that it affects not every state. It affects only 40 states. A lot of states it affects.”
Gov. Kathy Hochul said that she is “prepared to call the legislature back into session.”