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How a 1911 New York murder led to the strictest gun restrictions that SCOTUS just struck down

More than a century after a mentally ill concert violinist shot and killed an up-and-coming novelist in New York City, leading to the strictest gun restrictions in the nation, the U.S. Supreme Court has struck down the law.

The 6-3 ruling on Thursday reversed a lower court’s opinion, which had upheld the 111-year-old New York law restricting licenses to carry concealed weapons in public to those demonstrating a specific need or threat.

Following a bizarre murder-suicide in 1911 on a New York City sidewalk outside The Princeton Club – a building that was home to a legendary architect gunned down five years earlier – a local coroner’s clerk’s research of the city’s skyrocketing gun violence led him to focus on how a deranged musician had acquired the murder weapon.

George Petit LeBrun,…

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