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Will Supreme Court's Allowing Guns In Public Make U.S. A 'Free-For-All'?



Law enforcement leaders decried a new Supreme Court ruling that will make it easier for New York state residents to carry guns publicly.


Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison and Art Acevedo, former police chief of Austin, Houston and Miami were among those who spoke Tuesday on a panel on "Protecting Public Safety" sponsored by The Washington Post, with the Council on Criminal Justice. The discussion touched on ensuring police accountability and public trust in an era of rising homicide rates and mass shootings.


The Supreme Court last week overturned a century-old New York law that said people applying to carry a gun outside of the home must have a “proper” reason.


Maryland has gun restrictions almost identical to those overturned in New York. If Maryland’s laws also are overturned, Harrison said it would make his job “more difficult and less safe.” Acevedo expressed the fear that the ruling will would turn America into a “free-for-all.”


The high court's rulings late last week on gun control and abortion have had Minnesota's Ellison “reeling.”