SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) —While much of the nation focused on the overturning of Roe versus Wade on Friday, a separate Supreme Court decision is also leading to controversy about gun rights.
"This right to bear arms can't be conditioned in a way in a subjective factor in this case which was this state's decision of if you have a special need for protection," U of I political science professor Brian Gaines said
The ruling is striking down a New York law.
It required people to show a specific need to get a license to carry a gun in a concealed way out in public.
"Now, that state and eight other states have to allow their citizens to conceal and carry outside of their home and protect themselves," Aim 2 Shoot owner Doug Schmidgall said.
Ultimately, justices ruled the requirement violated the Second Amendment.
But lawmakers like State Rep. Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, said this won't impact Illinois much.
"It's not going to have any effect on our concealed carry laws," Rep. Caulkins said.
It's a sentiment that Schmidgall, who teaches concealed carry classes, agrees with.
"I was hoping they'd do something, write something a little different that would help us out," Schmidgall said. "Maybe get rid of the FOID card or something."
The Springfield chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America tell us they do not approve of this decision.
In a statement the group said:
Moms Demand Action believes the SCOTUS decision on NYSRPA v Bruen is wrong and dangerous. But it does not change the majority of concealed carry laws across the country and still allows for strong public carry laws on who can carry and where.
Regardless of the ruling, Gaines said states can still put certain restrictions on who can carry a gun.
"This doesn't say that states can't have restrictions," Gaines said. "They can have restrictions for example against convicted felons or age restrictions on who may possess, carry conceal weapons."
This new decision is coming as Congress just gave final approval on Friday on a bipartisan bill that's aimed at combating gun violence.
That new legislation is set to enhance background checks and make it a requirement for authorities to look at mental health records for those wanting to buy a gun.
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