Clarence Thomas' Second Amendment ruling shows power of conservative supermajority

On June 23, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote the 6-3 decision broadening prior interpretations of the Second Amendment right "to keep and bear arms."

For more than a decade, individual Supreme Court conservatives lamented lower court decisions that endorsed gun regulations, as their own court failed to expand a 2008 ruling that said the Second Amendment protects a right to a handgun in the home for self-defense.

One of the strongest dissenters was Justice Clarence Thomas, who in 2020 declared, "It is extremely improbable that the Framers understood the Second Amendment to protect little more than carrying a gun from the bedroom to the kitchen."

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