A federal judge has blocked New York from restricting the carrying of guns on private property. It marks the latest courtroom victory for gun owners challenging New York’s law.
The Supreme Court ruled in June to strike down New York state’s strict gun permitting laws. It led to a new Democratic-backed law being adopted in the aftermath.
New York’s law, called the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, was adopted on Sept. 1. It made obtaining a firearms license more difficult and barred firearms from a long list of “sensitive” public and private places.
It also included a provision in the law that made it a felony for a licensed gun owner to possess a firearm on any private property unless the property owner allowed it with a sign or by giving express consent.
Tuesday’s ruling by U.S. District Judge John Sinatra in Buffalo struck down this law.
Sinatra, appointed by Republican former President Donald Trump, found that the provision violated the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.”
A federal appeals court has put on hold rulings by another judge that blocked major parts of the law including bars on people from carrying concealed guns in certain “sensitive locations.”
Sinatra ruled in a lawsuit by two firearms owners and two gun rights groups. Sinatra said the provision at issue was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court’s precedents including June’s ruling.
The ruling comes on the heels of multiple mass shootings in the U.S.
In the past week, there was a mass shooting at a Walmart in Virginia, and another at an LGBTQ club in Colorado. Shortly before that, there was another mass shooting a the University of Virginia.
In Buffalo, where this ruling was made, there was a horrific mass shooting earlier this year. A teenage gunman opened fire in a supermarket, killing 10 and injuring more.