US Judge Suspends NY Gun Restrictions

On Monday, New York federal Judge Glenn Suddaby temporarily suspended features of the state's newest gun restrictions, allowing six gun advocates to continue their lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.

US Judge Suspends NY Gun Restrictions
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Facts

  • On Monday, New York federal Judge Glenn Suddaby temporarily suspended features of the state's newest gun restrictions, allowing six gun advocates to continue their lawsuit challenging the law's constitutionality.
  • Judge Suddaby suspended the parts of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act — which took effect on Sept. 1 — mandating that gun license applicants demonstrate "good moral character" and disclose both the handles of their social media accounts and the contact details of those with whom they live.
  • He also scaled back the legislation's list of "sensitive locations" where it's prohibited to carry a gun. The same judge issued a similar ruling in October. However, it was appealed by the state and hasn't taken effect.
  • Judge Suddaby stated that many aspects of the law, initially passed in June after SCOTUS struck down the state's "proper cause" provision to carry publicly, placed an unconstitutional burden on gun rights.
  • This follows a separate judge's ruling last week that also temporarily halted the state from restricting the carrying of firearms in places of worship, arguing that it was a detriment to a pastor's right to self-defense.
  • In response, a spokesperson for the office of Attorney General Letitia James said, "we are reviewing and considering our options."

Sources: Reuters, Newsbud, Democrat and Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Washington Times, and Reload.

Narratives

  • Democratic narrative, as provided by Brady United. This dangerous ruling undermines modest and common-sense gun restrictions in New York. The newly passed prevention measures are intended to keep communities safe — Suddaby's misinterpretation of the law ignores the realities of the threat of gun violence in New York today.
  • Republican narrative, as provided by Washington Examiner. This is a win for liberty and a loss for tyranny. Left-wing policies attempting to disarm state citizens are only escalating the dangers everyday New Yorkers face during a surge in crime. Gun sales increase because of crime, not the other way around, and the sooner we understand this and tackle the underlying cause of violence, the safer America will be.

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