New York Can Restrict Gun Carrying, Federal Judge Rules

New York City has launched a comprehensive outreach plan to educate and inform New Yorkers about new state legislation governing concealed carry regulations across the state, going into effect today, NYC Mayor Eric Adams announced Wednesday.

In line with the provisions of the legislation, the concealed carry license applicants will have to meet revised eligibility requirements and complete a state-regulated firearms training course.

The legislation also defines certain sensitive locations where holders of concealed carry licenses are not permitted to carry guns within.

The NYC campaign comes in light of the ruling by Judge Glenn Suddaby for the US District Court in the Northern District of New York that New York state can restrict citizens from concealing and carrying guns in public.

The new legislation was challenged by the Gun Owners of America (GOA) and the Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) – which challenged the constitutionality of the law on the First, Fourteenth and Second Amendments – but Judge Suddaby ruled that the national firearm organizations’ motion for an injunction blocking the law from taking effect on Thursday did not have standing.

Praising the ruling as a victory in the NY administration’s efforts to protect New Yorkers, New York Attorney General Letitia James, who defended the new law on behalf of the state, stressed that responsible gun control measures save lives.

Noting that they’ll continue to defend the constitutionality of the laws to protect all New Yorkers, James also warned the gun lobby that any attempts for them to tear down New York’s sensible gun control laws will be met with a fierce defense of the law.

The GOA and GOF are likely to appeal the case to the US Second Circuit Court.

Previously in July, the US Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional a previous NY state law requiring a proper cause for those who wish to conceal and carry in public, and several days later, New York passed the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA).

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