Governor Charlie Baker says Supreme Court ruling has ‘no immediate effect on the Commonwealth’s gun laws’

In the wake of the Supreme Court’s monumental ruling that Americans have a right to carry guns in public, Governor Charlie Baker says Massachusetts’ gun laws will not change.

“The Baker-Polito Administration is proud of the Commonwealth’s nation-leading gun laws and history of enacting bipartisan gun reform legislation.  The Court’s ruling on New York’s licensing law has no immediate effect on the Commonwealth’s gun laws, which all remain in place,” the administration said in a statement.

The justices’ 6-3 decision follows a series of recent mass shootings and is expected to allow people to more easily carry legal firearms on the streets of the nation’s largest cities.

In their decision, the justices struck down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying a gun in order to get a license to carry one in public. The justices said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”

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