Supreme Court ruling on New York gun law is to effect Massachusetts, says Attorney General Maura Healey

Supreme Court ruling on New York gun law is to effect Massachusetts, says Attorney General Maura Healey

Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey. (Douglas Hook / MassLive) Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to strike down a New York gun-control law, Attorney General Maura Healey released a new gun guidance as to how the Supreme Court decision will effect Massachusetts. The Supreme Court determined on June 23 with a 6 – 3 vote to strike down a New York gun-control law that required people to show proper cause to have a license to carry a concealed handgun outside. The court ruled that it conflicted with the Second Amendment. “In a country flooded with firearms, today’s reckless and anti-democratic decision poses a grave danger to Americans as they go about their daily lives in public spaces like supermarkets, hospitals and playgrounds,” wrote the Attorney General Maura Healey in a press release. “Gun violence is a public health epidemic, and I remain committed to doing everything I can to keep our residents and our communities safe. Massachusetts has one of the lowest gun death rates in the country because we know that strong gun laws save lives. I stand by our commonsense gun laws and will continue to vigorously defend and enforce them.” Despite Healey’s own perspective on the ruling, in a new guidance that was released on Friday, the Attorney General’s office found that the Supreme Court decision effects Massachusetts’ “good reason” provision of the license-to-carry statute. “In light of Bruen’s holding that New York’s “proper cause” requirement violates the Second and Fourteenth Amendments, licensing authorities should […]

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