In the aftermath of the brutal Uvalde massacre a few months ago, New York introduced a new gun law, barring gun owners from carrying firearms at a multitude of locations across the state. On Thursday, these plans were picked apart by a federal judge, who ruled that multiple provisions in the state law passed this year are unconstitutional.
U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby struck down key elements of the state’s recent handgun law claiming that the state can’t ban people from carrying guns in New York City’s subway system or Times Square, though he said it did have a right to exclude guns from certain other locations, including schools.
He wrote that Several of the state’s new licensing rules went too far, including one that required applicants to be of “good moral character,” and another that made applicants turn over information about their social media accounts. “Simply stated, instead of moving toward becoming a shall-issue jurisdiction, New York State has further entrenched itself as a shall-not-issue jurisdiction. And, by doing so, it has further reduced a first-class constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense… into a mere request,” wrote Suddaby, who sits in Syracuse.
New York Attorney General Letitia James’s office filed an appeal later Thursday. “Today’s decision comes in the wake of mass shootings and rampant gun violence hurting communities here in New York and across the country. While the decision preserves portions of the law, we believe the entire law must be preserved as enacted,” said James.
Gov. Kathy Hochul, also a Democrat, defended the state’s laws as common-sense restrictions.“While this decision leaves aspects of the law in place, it is deeply disappointing that the Judge wants to limit my ability to keep New Yorkers safe and to prevent more senseless gun violence,” Hochul said.