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The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York law that placed restrictions on carrying a concealed gun outside the home.

New York’s Sullivan Act limited concealed carry handgun licenses to New Yorkers with specific defense needs. Applicants were required to show proper cause and demonstrate they had a particular reason to defend themselves beyond just general self-defense.

The nation’s highest court ruled in a 6-3 decision that the law’s clause imposing these restrictions violated the Second Amendment.

“The New York ‘proper cause’ requirement violates the Constitution because it allows only public-carry licenses when an applicant shows a special need for self-defense,” Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas wrote in the majority opinion.

The case stemmed from two men who applied for concealed carry permits but were permitted to carry concealed guns only for the purposes of hunting and when going to and from work. 

The New York State Rifle Association challenged the state law, arguing the Second Amendment gives Americans the right to carry a firearm without needing a special reason.

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