They regret in New York Supreme Court decision on weapons

As soon as the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a state law on carrying guns in public became known, local leaders rushed to issue statements that reflected not only disappointment but also the implications for the safety of New Yorkers.

Gov. Kathy Hochul called the ruling “outrageous” and “reckless,” and said she was ready to call the Legislature back into session to deal with the matter. “We have been in contact with the leadership. We’re just looking at dates. Everyone wants a little time to digest this, but I will say that we are not powerless in this situation. We are not going to give up our rights so easily.”

For her part, the attorney general of New York, Letitia James, reported in a statement that her office is analyzing the decision, but announced that it will seek to maintain the battle against violence with weapons.

“We are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision on New York’s ability to regulate who can carry firearms in public,” the Democratic prosecutor said. “But we will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from gun violence and preserve common sense gun laws in our state.”

James reaffirmed, “Make no mistake: This decision will not deter us from standing up to the gun lobby and its repeated efforts to endanger New Yorkers.”

Instead, Mayor Eric Adams was more direct in pointing out the danger posed by repealing this state law. “Simply put, this Supreme Court ruling will put New Yorkers at increased risk of gun violence.”

However, he added that since it was something to behold given the conservative majority on the High Court, “we have been preparing for this decision and will continue to do everything we can to work with our federal, state and local allies to protect our city. Those efforts will include a comprehensive review of our approach to defining ‘sensitive locations’ where it is prohibited to carry a weapon and reviewing our application process to ensure that only those who are fully qualified can obtain a license to carry. We can’t let New York become the Wild West.”

However, Adams added that this decision may have opened an additional channel that feeds the sea of ​​armed violence.

The Ombudsman, Jumaane Williams, recalled that last year, the US saw more deaths from firearms than any other year in history. “Last month, gun violence claimed the lives of ten people in a Buffalo supermarket. Nineteen children were massacred in a Texas school. This week in Harlem, nine people were shot and one was killed in a mass shooting, something that has become so prevalent.”

Therefore, Williams added that the Supreme Court’s response to this crisis makes sense. “This is not well regulated. It is irresponsible, illogical and immoral.”

No more concealed weapons can possibly be allowed to be brought into our streets, subways and schools, all under the guise of security and self-defense, he added.

“The Supreme Court places our country’s demonic obsession with guns, along with conservative ideology, above the more than 40,000 lives that will be lost in our country this year to gun violence,” Williams said. “We cannot allow this counterintuitive and conservative ruling to dissuade us from what we know works to address the gun violence epidemic.”

civil rights advocates

Civil rights advocates also raised their voices of concern.

Donna Lieberman of the Civil Liberties Union said forcing states to allow people to walk around with concealed weapons brings the threat of violence into everyday public spaces and fuels fears that it could prevent people from confidently navigating the streets. streets, speak your mind or take action on political issues. “Since states can still enforce other safety measures, we encourage and hope that New York regulates guns as effectively and fairly as possible to prevent gun violence.”

David Cole, legal director of the ACLU, emphasized that the majority of the Supreme Court has radically undermined the ability of states to maintain security. “And that security is critical, in turn, to facilitating public debate, speeches, assemblies, protests, and other First Amendment activities vital to our democracy. Today’s (yesterday’s) decision ends that long tradition and hampers the efforts of state and local officials to keep us all safe.”

Lourdes M. Rosado, President of LatinoJustice PRLDEF, said, “In the wake of the horrific killings in Uvalde, Buffalo, and many other cities, we are outraged by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York State’s license restrictions on firearms. hidden. This is likely to hamper the growing movement for common sense gun control legislation.”

“While the discriminatory and selective enforcement of New York’s gun laws has resulted in the disproportionate prosecution and incarceration of low-income, Black, and Latino people, we stand firm in our condemnation of the scourge of gun violence that disproportionately harms to those same communities,” added Rosado.

LatinoJustice also made an urgent call for the state legislature to enact protections that push back against unreasonable restrictions by the Supreme Court. “The Second Amendment is not absolute. 246 mass shootings so far this year is too much to bear in the name of the right to bear arms.”

From Albany, Senate Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins ​​said New York will rise to this latest challenge to pass additional gun safety legislation. “We have led the way in passing smart, common-sense gun safety laws to address these tragedies of gun violence.”

State Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie also vowed to fight back. “This nation needs to open its eyes and start a serious conversation about its dangerous fascination with guns and assault weapons. Our lives depend on it”.

conservative stance

As expected, the state conservative wing came out in defense of the ruling. Gerard Kassar of the state Conservative Party believes law-abiding New Yorkers will now be given the option to protect themselves with a gun in a state with significant crime problems.

“Violent criminals have never hesitated to carry illegally obtained weapons. Maybe now they will think twice before committing additional crimes,” she assured.

It remains to be seen how New York Democrats will deal with this thorny issue.

Figures to take into account

  • 870 people die annually in New York from gun violence.
  • 2,607 New Yorkers are injured by firearms each year.
  • Gun violence costs New York $5.9 billion, $321 million of which is paid for by taxpayers. (Source: Moms Demand Action)