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Queens Officials Condemn Supreme Court Decision That Overturns State Law on Concealed Handguns

Mayor Eric Adams says that the Supreme Court ruling will put New Yorkers at greater risk of gun violence.
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June 23, 2022 By Christian Murray

Queens officials were quick to condemn the Supreme Court’s ruling today that overturned a century-old handgun law that many say could result in a flood of firearms hitting the streets.

The Supreme Court, in a 6-3 decision, ruled that the state’s handgun law that limits people from carrying concealed firearms is a violation of the Second Amendment.

New York’s laws are tight when it comes to carrying a concealed firearm—and residents need to go through a lengthy and arduous process to get a permit. Among the many requirements, they have to show that have a need for possessing the weapon.

Gun-rights advocates argue that the laws are too tight, noting that there is a vast number of illegal weapons on the street often used by criminals. They argue that regular New Yorkers should be able to carry guns to defend themselves without such restrictions.

The ruling, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, says that state’s concealed handgun law violates the constitution “by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”

The decision came as little surprise since the court’s conservative majority indicated their opposition to the law during oral arguments in the fall. The case was brought by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association.

The ruling is likely to lead to more weapons on the streets–such as in subways and other heavily trafficked areas.

Many Queens leaders argue that the court’s ruling will put the public at risk.

“Today’s decision by the Supreme Court deals a major blow to our ongoing efforts to make NYC a safer city for all residents,” said Council Member Sandra Ung, who represents Flushing and adjacent neighborhoods. “Coming just a month after the tragic shooting and murder of 19 children in Uvalde, this decision is not only tone-deaf, but moves our country and our state in the wrong direction. It will cost lives.”

Meanwhile, Councilmember Shekar Krishnan, who represents Jackson Heights and Elmhurst, was short and to the point. “As a father of two, as a subway rider, as a New Yorker, the Supreme Court decision is absolutely terrifying.”

Councilmember Julie Won, who represents western Queens, tweeted that she was “Heartbroken by Supreme Court ruling.” “How many more lives will it take for us to see gun control as a constitutional right to domestic tranquility, justice, welfare, and freedom to leave our homes without the fear of getting shot?”

Forest Hills councilmember Lynn Schulman tweeted that the ruling sets a dangerous precedent and puts all New Yorkers at risk.

Meanwhile, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards also was highly critical of the ruling.

“Today’s ruling is equal parts dangerous, delusional and a dereliction of government’s sacred duty to keep its residents safe,” Richards said in a statement.

“For years in states across this country, far-right radicals who fetishize firearms and worship at the altar of weaponry have prioritized the profits of gun manufacturers — and the campaign contributions they make in return — over public safety. With this cult-like obsession with firearms now forced upon New York by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority, we are less safe today than we were yesterday.”

Mayor Eric Adams and police officials at a press conference last month calling on federal authorities to crack down on ghost guns (Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office)

Mayor Eric Adams, a retired NYPD captain, also issued a statement condemning the ruling.

Put simply, this Supreme Court ruling will put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence. We have been preparing for this decision and will continue to do everything possible to work with our federal, state, and local partners to protect our city. This decision may have opened an additional river feeding the sea of gun violence, but we will do everything we can to dam it.”

Gov. Kathy Hochul railed against the ruling and said that she would fight to keep New York’s strict gun laws in place.

“Let me be clear: This is New York. We don’t back down, we fight back. New York is still home to the strongest gun laws in the country & I’ll keep doing everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe.”

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Hiram

All done to keep Dems in power during mid term elections. Same reason abortion rights were brought up. Bring more people to vote for Dems.

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Lucky number 7 train

This change has me concerned. I support the 2 amendment and I think technically the supreme court made the right ruling. Personally I’m very concerned we might see an uptick in gun violence and I’m not a fan of hand guns. Maybe this will force society to pivot. We will need more metal health services more and better education. we will need to have border security and know who is in our country and we will have to stop being so liberal with criminals who are repeat offenders. Getting right with God of course would help but you cant legislate that.

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holy frijoles...

So the Democratic politicians who stand against stop and frisk and empower felons and thugs to be able to carry illegal concealed pistols and victimize us are now appalled that law abiding citizens who are fingerprinted and have a background check will be able to carry a legal firearm to protect themselves. Now all of a sudden guns and violence will be a problem. Right. Gotcha.

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Gardens Watcher

Big cleanup?? This ruling doesn’t flip NYC into the Wild West, or give anyone the OK to start a “big cleanup.”

NYC Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the ruling doesn’t mean gun owners can immediately carry their weapons in the open without proper permits.

“If you have a premise permit, it does not automatically convert to a carry permit,” Sewell said. “If you carry a gun illegally in New York City, you will be arrested. Nothing changes today.

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John J Lynch

The only way this city cleans itself up is with legal concealed carry. Or perhaps a Bernie Getz clone, which I welcome.

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omitted

yes but you left out the part where progressive DAs drop the charges and send you home if you didn’t actually fire the weapon even if you are committing an armed robbery…

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Kenny Knuckledragger

“Freedumb!”

This country is too effing stupid to continue. Let’s just call it over. We can have a Democracy on the coasts and Jesustan for the morons who believe Jesus was a pro-gun, anti-gay free marketeer down south.

Let these backward troglodytes have their American Taliban regression to idiocy in their own hell hole. And those who want to immigrate away from the knuckle dragging, gun humping bible-bangers to sanity are welcome.

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Problem Solved

Okay! Now we can all carry concealed guns; we can all shoot each other, kill off everybody, and end the problem!!

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JimmyBags

It’s important that armed Democrat criminals feel absolutely certain their victims are defenseless. The hammer background checks and “red flag” laws are in the legislative pipeline.

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Republicans believe in myths fairytales and conspiracy theories

Jimmy – “Democratic” is buzz for black and brown

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The “people” not the “individual”

US Constitution Amendment II A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.

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