Biden: SCOTUS Ruling on Concealed Carry ‘Contradicts Both Common Sense and the Constitution’

By Melanie Arter | June 23, 2022 | 3:28pm EDT
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)
(Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

( - President Biden said he’s “deeply disappointed” in the Supreme Court ruling upholding the right to concealed carry for law-abiding citizens in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen.

The president said that the ruling “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and should deeply trouble us all.”

“Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license,” Biden said in a statement.

“More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should deeply trouble us all,” he said.

The president mentioned mass shootings at a grocery store in Buffalo, N.Y., and the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, as examples of why “we must do more” to protect Americans.

“In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as the daily acts of gun violence that do not make national headlines, we must do more as a society — not less — to protect our fellow Americans. I remain committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer,” Biden said.

“I have already taken more executive actions to reduce gun violence than any other President during their first year in office, and I will continue to do all that I can to protect Americans from gun violence,” he pledged.

Biden called on states “to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence.”

“As the late Justice Scalia recognized, the Second Amendment is not absolute. For centuries, states have regulated who may purchase or possess weapons, the types of weapons they may use, and the places they may carry those weapons. And the courts have upheld these regulations,” the president said.

He called on Americans “to make their voices heard on gun safety.”

"Lives are on the line,” Biden concluded.

Later, the president told reporters at the White House that there is “one little bit of solace” to the Supreme Court ruling. 

“The majority opinion has laid out that it affects not every state," Biden said. 

“The gun laws in 40 of these states are still in place based on this decision. Not good enough. I think it's a bad decision. I'm disappointed," he said.

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