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How the Supreme Court's gun ruling will impact state laws

Dealing a blow to gun supporters, a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Americans do not have a constitutional right to carry concealed weapons in public.
Al Behrman
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AP

On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the Supreme Court gun ruling and its implications for gun safety laws in a number of states, including California. Last week, in a 6-3 vote, the court's conservative majority struck down a century old New York law that limited licenses to carry a gun in public.

The ruling has profound implications for the safety and conduct of up to 83 million people in New York and seven other states plus Washington DC with similar “proper cause” laws. They include heavily populated states, such as California and New Jersey, which account for roughly three out of every four Americans, according to the Guardian.

Guests:

Jess Bravin, Supreme Court correspondent with The Wall Street Journal

Chip Brownlee, reporter at The Trace

Web Resources:

The Trace: SCOTUS Says People Have a Right to Carry Guns in Public

SCOTUSblog: A minor impact on gun laws but a potentially momentous shift in constitutional method

GQ: More Guns, Less Freedom: The Supreme Court Wants to Take America Back to the 18th Century

New York Times: With N.Y. Gun Law Struck Down, States Scramble to Respond

CalMATTERS: Supreme Court ruling puts target on California gun laws

Bee Soll is a producer with Your Call at KALW, and a producer, writer, and editor at KCBS Radio in San Francisco. She is a former reporter for Crosscurrents and contributor at KPFA Radio.