Supreme Court Releases Opinion On NY Gun Laws

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On Wednesday, January 11, 2023, the United States Supreme Court announced that they would be allowing New York to continue with their enforcement and restriction of concealed carry licenses in the state.

This effort comes just after the Gun Owners of America requested on emergency appeal that a federal injunction be reinstated. This request was rejected on Wednesday, and state officials have already planned to appeal.

Justice Samuel Alito joined Justice Sonia Sotomayor, saying that instead of reading the decision as a rejected, to instead view it as “respect for the Second Circuit’s procedures in managing its own docket,” and the constitutionality of the laws.

New York state has already opposed the denial, arguing that the decision was “premature” and the lower courts did not have adequate timing to review the material.

“[T]he district court’s decision is riddled with errors on threshold issues of standing, misapplies Bruen by requiring a showing of historical evidence to support every challenged restriction regardless of whether the restriction implicates the text of the Second Amendment, and applies a rigid analogical methodology that impermissibly turns Bruen into a ‘regulatory straightjacket.'”