New York Governor Calls Supreme Court’s Gun Law Decision ‘Absolutely Shocking’

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) rushed to the Supreme Court moments after it struck down the state’s century-old gun control law Thursday, saying the “absolutely shocking” decision was “terrible in its scope” and “may put millions of New Yorkers at risk.”

“If the federal government doesn’t have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and our governors have a moral responsibility to do the best we can and have laws that protect our citizens because of what’s going on—the madness of gun culture that now possessed all the way to the Supreme Court,” she said at the event.

The Governor vowed to do what she can to keep restrictions on concealed carry permits after the Supreme Court ruled New York law was too strict.

Most states – 43 according to the Supreme Court – require licenses to legally carry concealed firearms in public; New York was one of the few where no license had to be issued to anyone who applied for one. Rather, the individual had to prove why their need for protection outside the home is greater than that of the general population.

States with such increased restrictions cover about a quarter of the US population. Now these laws are under threat.

State officials were aware of this potential outcome in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, Hochul said, and were working with lawyers “from around the country” to develop a plan.

Manhattan Attorney General Alvin Bragg agreed. “My office is currently reviewing this ruling and developing a gun safety law that will take the strongest possible steps to mitigate the damage done today,” Bragg said in a statement.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) also highlighted the planning efforts in a tweet, saying the ordinance would “put New Yorkers at additional risk of gun violence.” In recent months, there have been two shootings in the subway in the city.

Hochul put forward several options, including imposing restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in “sensitive” areas and mandatory gun safety training.

While the Supreme Court upheld the idea that firearms could be banned in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, it rejected the state’s argument in Bruen that large swaths of public space could be considered sensitive.

“Respondents’ attempt to characterize New York City’s requirement for proper cause as a ‘delicate place’ law is untenable because New York City has no historical basis for actually declaring Manhattan Island a ‘sensitive place’ simply because it is crowded and protected. usually by the New York Police Department,” the court said.

The Court declined to “comprehensively define” the term “sensitive areas” in an opinion written by Conservative Judge Clarence Thomas. Instead, states should look for historical analogies to determine whether a law is constitutional or not, he said.

Justice Stephen Breyer criticized the idea, asking in his dissent, “So where are the many places in a modern city that don’t have a clear 18th or 19th century counterpart? What about subways, nightclubs, cinemas and sports stadiums?”

He continued: “I fear that it will often be difficult to identify the analogous technological and social problems of medieval England, the founding era, or the time period in which the Fourteenth Amendment was ratified.”

Hochul commented on this at a bill signing event. legislation put into action after a mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo by an alleged white supremacist. She lamented that the court’s decision came just weeks after the mass shootings in Buffalo and another in Uvalda, Texas, which killed 21 people, including 19 children.

“I’m sorry that this dark day has come – that we have to go back to what it was like in 1788, when the Constitution of the United States of America was ratified. And I would like to point out to the judges of the Supreme Court that the only weapons at that time were muskets,” Hochul said.

“I’m ready to get back to the muskets,” she added.

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