STORY: According to Michael Waldman, the president of New York University's Brennan School of Justice, the decision is the "most significant ruling the Supreme Court has made on the Second Amendment, expanding gun rights and probably the most dangerous. It's sweeping. It will have a big impact."
The 6-3 ruling, with the conservative justices in the majority and liberal justices in dissent, struck down New York state's limits on carrying concealed handguns outside the home. The court found that the law, enacted in 1913, violated a person's right to "keep and bear arms" under the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment.
The ruling, authored by Justice Clarence Thomas, could undermine similar restrictions in other states and imperil other types of state and local firearm restrictions nationwide. Thomas wrote, "We know of no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need."