Pray the Supreme Court doesn’t leave NY defenseless to control flood of weapons on streets

Pray the Supreme Court doesn’t leave NY defenseless to control flood of weapons on streets

NYPD officers investigate a shooting in Manhattan on April 29, 2022. When the Supreme Court rules on New York’s gun laws, presumably within the next couple of months, pray it doesn’t leave the state defenseless to control a flood of weapons on the streets. The court is set to rule on a challenge to the laws by two upstate New Yorkers, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, who were denied unrestricted licenses to carry firearms after they failed to show “proper cause,” i.e., a special need for self-protection, as the law requires. They — and other gun-rights advocates — argue that such a requirement places an unconstitutionally high burden on legal gun-owners. “You don’t have to say, when you’re looking for a permit to speak on a street corner or whatever, that, you know, your speech is particularly important,” noted Chief Justice John Roberts during oral argument. “So why do you have to show — in this case, convince somebody — that you’re entitled to exercise your Second Amendment right?” Yet Roberts and his fellow justices surely know that no amendment is a blank check. Reasonable restrictions can be perfectly constitutional, especially if the public faces grave dangers without them; the Constitution, it’s often said, is not a suicide pact. And make no mistake: New York, which is in the midst of an alarming surge in gun crimes , needs at least some restrictions on who gets to own and carry guns. Last year, 488 people were murdered in the […]

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