Could Gay Marriage Ruling Loosen Concealed Carry Restrictions?

In the nearly two weeks since the Supreme Court ruled the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage, the gay community hasn’t been the only group celebrating: Some Second Amendment advocates are reading the decision as a win for their cause as well.

They have argued that the protections of the 14th Amendment the court cited in the Obergefell v. Hodges decision, striking down state bans on same-sex marriage, could translate to loosened restrictions for concealed carry licenses — potentially forcing states that don’t recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states to do so.

It’s a flawed line of legal reasoning, say attorneys specializing in Second Amendment issues and constitutional law. But the fact the idea is gaining traction among pro-gun groups has prompted the National Rifle Association to weigh in to provide clarification.

“We strongly advise concealed carry license holders not to assume Obergefell provides them with the legal basis they need to carry without an in-state license in strongly anti-gun states such as Maryland, New Jersey, or New York,” the NRA wrote in a statement issued over the weekend.