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Thomas, in an opinion shortly after the case failed to muster the required four-justice approval to continue, suggested that his colleagues have been insulated from everyday life for too long.
“For those of us who work in marbled halls, guarded constantly by a vigilant and dedicated police force, the guarantees of the Second Amendment might seem antiquated and superfluous,” Thomas wrote.
“But the Framers made a clear choice: They reserved to all Americans the right to bear arms for self-defense. I do not think we should stand by idly while a State denies its citizens that right, particularly when their very lives may depend on it,” he added.
Thomas went on to note that the California case provided the court a prime opportunity to provide long-needed clarification in the 2nd Amendment debate.
“The Second Amendment’s core purpose further supports the conclusion that the right to bear arms extends to public carry,” the justice wrote. “Even if other Members of the Court do not agree that the Second Amendment likely protects a right to public carry, the time has come for the Court to answer this important question definitively.”
Thomas was joined in his criticism by Trump appointee Neil Gorsuch.