The Supreme Court of the United States, with a conservative majority, on Thursday expanded the right to bear arms in the country by overturning a New York state law that would prohibit carrying weapons in public.
The ruling obtained the vote in favor of the six conservative judges of the court and against the three progressive ones.
For their part, the magistrates criticized that the court’s decision “can have lethal consequences.”
The resolution may now have implications in seven other states with similar laws: California, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey and Rhode Island.
The ruling comes at the height of the national debate on the possession of weapons in the country, enshrined in the Second Amendment of the Constitution, after the recent mass shootings.
On May 24, 18-year-old Salvador Ramos broke into an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, with a legally purchased rifle, killing 19 children and two teachers.
Days earlier, on May 14, a white man perpetrated a racist crime when he entered a supermarket in a majority black neighborhood in Buffalo, New York, with a gun and killed ten people.
Democrats advocate banning assault rifle sales and background checks on gun buyers, while Republicans oppose it, saying shootings should be addressed as a mental health issue.
A group of senators from both parties has reached an agreement to pass legislation with minimum measures to control weapons, which includes the confiscation of weapons from people who are considered a danger.
The governor of New York, Kathy Hochul, considered this Thursday “outrageous” and “reckless” the Supreme Court ruling.