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In June, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that the Second Amendment provides a constitutionally protected right to carry firearms in public. The decision is already creating turmoil in the form of political and public backlash and a scramble by policymakers to find new ways to combat the growing gun-violence epidemic in the United States. The majority opinion in Bruen, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, will have a devastating impact on efforts to mitigate gun violence and address racial disparities, but the reasoning used in the decision could cause even more havoc moving forward.


From The New England Journal of Medicine, Michael Ulrich, Public Carry versus Public HealthThe Harms to Come from the Supreme Court's Decision in Bruen, Volume 387, Page 1245, Copyright © 2022 Massachusetts Medical Society. Reprinted with permission.

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