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Supreme Court strikes down New York concealed weapons law

Jun 23, 2022 2:03 pm

CNN reports that the U.S. Supreme Court on June 23 struck down a New York law limiting those who can carry concealed weapons. Gov. Kathy Hochul called the ruling “outrageous,” especially during “a moment of national reckoning on gun violence.” Hochul said she may call a special legislative session to pass a new law in response. "Just as we swiftly passed nation-leading gun reform legislation, I will continue to do everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence," she Tweeted. The court's decision was 6-3, split on political positions, with Clarence Thomas, Samuel Alito, John Roberts, Brett Kavanaugh, Neil Gorsuch, and Amy Coney Barrett voting to strike down New York's gun law, and Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan dissenting. “Because the State of New York issues public-carry licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the State’s licensing regime violates the Constitution,” Thomas wrote in the majority decision. New York officials predicted that the murder and suicide rates in New York would likely rise after the ruling. New York Attorney General Letitia James Tweeted that her office “will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and preserve our state's common sense gun laws.” The ruling may lead to others. “Beyond voiding the laws of the six states that, like New York, condition the right to carry in public on a discretionary judgment by state officials, the majority’s expansion of what the Second Amendment protects will have monumental ramifications far beyond carrying firearms in public — on everything from age restrictions to assault weapons bans to limits on high-capacity magazines,” said Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law. Read more about this story at CNN.