New York enacts new gun restrictions in response to supreme court decision | New York


After a federal judge said New York could apply gun restrictions passed after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a century-old law, the state’s attorney general greeted “a victory in our efforts to protect New Yorkers.”

“Responsible gun control measures save lives, and any attempt by the gun lobby to break New York’s sensible gun control laws will be met with fierce defense of the law,” Letitia James said Wednesday night.

In June, in the wake of mass shootings at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas and a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, the conservative-dominated U.S. Supreme Court overturned a New York law passed in 1911.

The law said anyone who wants to carry a gun in public must prove “good reason”.

Justice Clarence Thomas said the 111-year-old law violated the Second Amendment, the right to bear arms, as well as the 14th Amendment, which made the rights of the Second Amendment apply to states.

“Apart from a few late 19th-century jurisdictions,” Thomas wrote, “U.S. governments simply have not universally banned the public carrying of commonly used personal defense firearms.”

In contradiction, Stephen Breyer, a liberal, wrote: “In 2020, 45,222 Americans were killed by firearms. Since the beginning of this year, 277 mass shootings have been reported, an average of more than one per day.”

The same source, the Gun Violence Archive, now estimates that total at 450.

Breyer wrote: “Violence from firearms is now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents, surpassed as the cause of death from motor vehicles. Many states have attempted to address some of the dangers of gun violence… the court today is placing a heavy burden on states’ efforts to do so.”

Joe Biden said: “I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard about gun safety. Lives are at stake.”

New York Governor Kathy Hochul said, “The Supreme Court is putting us back… This decision is not only reckless, it is reprehensible.”

Hochul called the legislature back into session. It produced the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, or CCIA.

As defined by James, the CCIA “tightens concealment carry license requirements, bans weapons in sensitive locations, allows private companies to ban weapons on their premises, improves secure storage requirements, requires social media review prior to certain weapons purchases.” and requires background checks on all ammunition purchases to protect New Yorkers”.

The law was challenged by the Gun Owners of America and the Gun Owners Foundation. On Wednesday, the GOA said the CCIA “would essentially make all of New York a gun-free zone and infringe on the rights of its citizens”.

Judge Glenn Suddaby, of the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of New York, said the two gun groups had insufficient rights to take the case.

But Suddaby also expressed support, describing “a strong sense of security that a licensed concealed gun regularly provides or would provide to the many law-abiding responsible citizens in the state who are too powerless to physically defend themselves in public without a gun” .

An appeal is likely. The CCIA went into effect on Thursday.

On Wednesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams said: “The US Supreme Court decision was the shot heard around the world that aimed to kill the safety of all New Yorkers.

“New York City will defend itself against this decision, and starting tomorrow, new eligibility requirements for concealed carry permit applicants and restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in ‘sensitive locations’, such as Times Square, will come into effect.”

The new law has brought about a change in what New York City authorities officially consider Times Square. As the New York Times reported, the new frontiers extend far beyond the traffic-choked and neon-ridden Midtown downtown known to tourists the world over but largely avoided by locals.

Under CCIA, Times Square’s “gun-free zone” runs “from Ninth to Sixth Avenue and from 53rd to 40th Street and consists of about three dozen blocks,” the paper said.

A New Yorker interviewed by the Times rejected the idea that the Port Authority Bus Terminal, on Eighth Avenue, could be considered part of Times Square, even turning it into a gun-free zone.

“No,” Robert Govan, 62, told the city’s newspaper. “No way. Not going to happen.”

The Valley Voice
The Valley Voice
Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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