Blue States Push New Gun Control Measures

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Following the Supreme Court’s decision that altered the way gun laws may be viewed by the courts in the future, many Democratic states are starting to introduce new gun control measures.

In New Jersey, lawmakers in the state are trying to push forward a bill that would severely restrict where gun owners could bring their firearms even if they had a permit. The new law would also make holding a permit a lot more expensive.

In Illinois, lawmakers also debated a new proposal which would ban assault-style weapons, outlaw higher-capacity magazines, and raise the minimum age for gun ownership to 21 years old.

Similarly, in Oregon state officials are trying to get new measures in place which would set further necessary requirements that residents hoping to purchase a gun would need to fulfill.

All of these decisions were greatly affected by the new limits on gun restrictions that states are looking to implement following the June Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

According to the Bruen case, a majority of justices ruled that New York’s concealed carry permitting system was unconstitutional as it required applicants to demonstrate why they had “proper cause” to carry firearms on them.

In the majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that he knew of “no other constitutional right that an individual may exercise only after demonstrating to government officers some special need.”