High court could toss New York gun law

High court could toss New York gun law

Associated Press Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, talks with a reporter on Oct. 28, 2021, in East Greenbush. ALBANY — A state gun-control law opposed by the New York affiliate of the National Rifle Association and supported by the Hochul administration has officials preparing for the possibility that the statute could be struck down by the nation’s highest court. A ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court is expected next month in a case involving a challenge to limitations in New York on discretionary concealed carry permits. Under the state’s licensing regime, law enforcement personnel conduct reviews of applications to determine if those seeking concealed carry permits have “proper cause” to carry a firearm for self-defense. The case has wended its way through the federal court system after a lawsuit was filed by two men, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, along with the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, after a Rensselaer County judge ruled the men lacked sufficient reason for carrying handguns with them for self-defense. Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat and a supporter of the gun-control law, said this week the state is braced for what she termed “a major case” related to gun restrictions. The case is expected to have ramifications for not only New York but also in seven other states that have erected similar barriers to carrying guns into public places. Tom King, president of the Rifle & Pistol Association, said the nation’s founders, in writing the […]

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