New York politicians outraged by Supreme Court ruling on gun control

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New York politicians expressed outrage on Thursday at the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a state law that limited who can carry guns in public and established a constitutional right to carry guns in public. outside the home for the purpose of self-defense.

Driving the news: Governor Kathy Hochul (D) said that it is “scandalous” for the Supreme Court to “recklessly” declare the law unconstitutional during “a moment of national wake-up call on gun violence”.

  • Hochul said that in response to the ruling, “we are carefully considering our options, including calling a special session of the legislature.”
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Other politicians who oppose the decision include New York Mayor Eric Adams (D), who said the law “will put New Yorkers at increased risk of gun violence.”

  • Representative Jerry Nadler (DN.Y.) called the “shameful” decision, adding that the six judges who supported Justice Clarence Thomas’ opinion “endanger New Yorkers and make us all less safe.”
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.) said the decision was “irresponsible and downright dangerous.”
  • Attorney General Letitia James (D) called the opinion ‘incredibly disappointing’ and said ‘the ruling will not stop us from standing up to the gun lobby and their repeated efforts to endanger New -Yorkers”.
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Catch up fast: Thomas wrote in Opinion 6-3 that New York law prevents “law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to hold and bear arms in public.”

  • In his dissent, Justice Stephen Breyer said the majority opinion will have “potentially deadly consequences”.

Between the lines: Research found that “laws allowing more citizens to carry guns in public were linked to increased gun violence, and the higher a state’s rate of gun ownership, the more likely it is that a mass shooting will occur,” according to New York State. Barreau, which opposed the court’s decision.

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