Commonwealth Policy Center

The U.S Senate responded to the Uvalde school shooting and passed a bill intended to curb gun violence by making it more difficult to purchase certain kinds of semi-automatic guns. At the same day, the U.S. Supreme Court expanded gun rights and said the U.S. Constitution protects the rights of an individual to carry a handgun for self-defense. The Court struck down a hundred year old New York law that restricted carrying handguns in public. The ruling was considered a landmark case in defense of the Second Amendment. While guns have been the center of attention in recent years, the rights of individuals to protect themselves have been found by the court to be a fundamental right protected by the Constitution. The Court ruled by a 6-3 margin.