191: The Supreme Court & the Future of Gun Laws in the U.S.
Last week the Supreme Court, in the case of New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, struck down New York's previously existing restrictive firearms licensing law. In his decision, Justice Clarence Thomas made the case that American's have a two-part right to “keep” guns in their homes and “bear” them in public. This decision has left many Americans with a lot of questions, including but not limited to: "how was this case decided?"; " what does the ruling mean for existing, and future, gun laws?"; "what implications does this ruling have for public health?"; and, of course, "where do we go from here?".
To answer these questions and more, a panel of researchers and activists join to unpack the recent Supreme Court decision. Together, hosts Kelly and JJ are joined by: Dr. Alex McCourt (John Hopkins' Center for Law & the Public's Health), Dr. Gerald E. Harmon (physician, Board of Trustees member and former President of the American Medical Association), Jonathan Lowy (Chief Counsel and Vice President of Legal, Brady), and Aalayah Eastmond (gun violence survivor and Executive Council Member, Team ENOUGH).
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Mentioned in this podcast:
Supreme Court strikes down N.Y. law that restricts concealed carrying of guns (NPR)
U.S. Supreme Court expands gun rights, strikes down New York law (Reuters)
SCOTUS Says People Have a Right to Carry Guns in Public (the Trace)