High Court to consider constitutionality of NY gun laws

Published: Sep. 27, 2023 at 6:00 AM EDT
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ALBANY, N.Y. (WCAX) - New York’s concealed carry gun laws could go before the U.S. Supreme Court to consider whether they are constitutional.

Gov. Kathy Hochul told reporters Tuesday that her office had been notified that Justice Clarence Thomas had granted the request for an emergency conference to evaluate the state’s new gun laws.

The Concealed Carry Improvement Act took effect in September of last year and included a strengthened requirement for carry permits and prohibiting guns in sensitive places.

“The next step is that Clarence Thomas has moved for an emergency conference to try and dismantle this. They are dead set on placating their NRA donors and supporters, and we are the ones left to clean it up. We are working really hard to ensure that New Yorkers are safe,” Gov. Hochul said Tuesday.

North Country Congresswoman Elise Stefanik says she is glad the court is considering a challenge to the law. “Taxing law-abiding New Yorkers and delaying and denying their Second Amendment rights must end, full stop. I will do everything possible to bring this unconstitutional siege on our God-given right to bear arms to a grinding halt,” Stefanik said in a statement.

New York is among a half-dozen states that had provisions of their gun laws invalidated by the Supreme Court’s so-called Bruen decision in 2020.

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