😳🤤😰 Joe Biden lambasted as "unconstitutional" a decision by the US Supreme Court to allow all Americans to carry concealed guns in public.
😳🤤😰 The ruling was the biggest expansion of gun rights in more than a decade, and represented a major setback for the US president's attempts to restrict access to firearms.
😳🤤😰 Mr Biden said: "I am deeply disappointed by the Supreme Court's ruling. This ruling contradicts both common sense and the constitution, and should deeply trouble us all."
😳🤤😰 Meanwhile, Eric Adams, the Democrat mayor of New York, warned America's most populous city could become the "Wild West," with anyone now allowed to carry a concealed weapon on the streets with no permit or training.
😳🤤😰 Mr Adams said the ruling may have "opened an additional river feeding the sea of gun violence."
😳🤤😰 The 6-3 ruling saw the nine-member court's conservative and liberal justices divided along ideological lines. The three justices nominated by Donald Trump - Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett - each voted to allow the expansion of gun carrying.
😳🤤😰 Kirsten Gillibrand, the Democrat senator from New York, and an ally of Mr Biden, said: "This is clearly an activist Supreme Court.
😳🤤😰 "This is what Donald Trump intended, to stack the court with ultra, extreme conservative justices who are so far out of step with the American people."
😳🤤😰 In a separate ruling, expected in coming days, the court may also overrule Roe v. Wade, the 1973 ruling which established the nationwide right to abortion.
😳🤤😰 The gun ruling was the Supreme Court's first major decision on the Second Amendment - which enshrines the "right to bear arms" - since 2010, when it established the right to keep a gun at home for self-defence.
😳🤤😰 The latest case was brought by two gun owners and backed by the National Rifle Association, America's biggest pro-gun organisation.
😳🤤😰 It sought to overturn a New York state law, enacted in 1913, which requires people to demonstrate reasons why they need to carry a handgun in public places, and then qualify for a permit.
😳🤤😰 While concealed weapons can already be carried in some Republican-governed states, others including California, Massachusetts and New Jersey have laws similar to the one in New York.
😳🤤😰 In the ruling, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the constitution protects "an individual's right to carry a handgun for self-defence outside the home".
😳🤤😰 It means individual states will be prevented from imposing restrictions.
😳🤤😰 The ruling was a stunning victory for the NRA.
😳🤤😰 Wayne LaPierre, the NRA's executive vice president, said: "Today's ruling is a watershed win for good men and women all across America, and is the result of a decades-long fight the NRA has led.
😳🤤😰 "The right to self-defence, and to defend your family and loved ones, should not end at your home."
😳🤤😰 Kathy Hochul, the Democrat governor of New York state, said it was "absolutely shocking".
😳🤤😰 She said: "We can have restrictions on speech - you can't yell fire in a crowded theatre - but somehow there's no restrictions allowed on the Second Amendment."
😳🤤😰 Gavin Newsom, the Democrat governor of California, said: "A dark day in America. This is a dangerous decision from a court hell-bent on pushing a radical ideological agenda. Shameful."
😳🤤😰 Eric Gonzalez, the Brooklyn district attorney, said: "The Supreme Court’s decision to open the door for millions of New Yorkers to carry a concealed weapon is a nightmare for public safety.”
😳🤤😰 It came amid a surge in gun crime, and followed a series of mass shootings, including one at a primary school in Uvalde, Texas in which 19 children and two teachers were killed.
😳🤤😰 The US Justice Department, which is responsible for enforcing US federal law, said it disagreed with the Supreme Court.
😳🤤😰 In a statement it said: "We respectfully disagree with the Court’s conclusion."
😳🤤😰 Congress has been working on potential new gun laws following the recent mass shootings.