Pending Supreme Court concealed carry decision could have wide-reaching impact on New York gun laws

Pending Supreme Court concealed carry decision could have wide-reaching impact on New York gun laws

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The recent mass subway shooting in Brooklyn has renewed the debate over concealed carry laws in New York state. “Basically the government disarms people and then people like that one man we saw recently, they know that they’re not going to be stopped until they run out of bullets,” Attorney Jim Ostrowski said. Both Second Amendment and gun control advocates believe the tragedy strengthens their opposing arguments. “Amidst the smoke and confusion of that shooting, adding more armed people to the situation could have easily compounded the tragedy,” Sheffali Welch, NYC Co-Lead for Mom’s Demand Action, said. Both sides are now waiting anxiously for a Supreme Court ruling on a New York State Rifle and Pistol Association lawsuit challenging language in the state’s concealed carry statute that requires an individual to establish proper cause in order to obtain a license. Ostrowski expects the court to hand down its decision soon. “We think NYSRPA is going to win this. That’s the smart money, but it’s not a lock guarantee,” he said. Ostrowski is behind a broader challenge to the state’s concealed carry law. He attempted and failed to have it consolidated with NYSRPA’s suit. It was dismissed by the Second Circuit Court in New York City. “We challenged basically everything,” Ostrowski said. “I think we challenged about 11 different aspects of the statute, including the need to get a permit at all.” The attorney said if the Rifle and Pistol Association wins, it will establish new precedent […]

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