After the Supreme Court struck down a New York law requiring concealed carry applicants to demonstrate a special need for the license, Democrats in the state have doubled down on their efforts to restrict Second Amendment rights in the Empire State.
Within 24 hours of the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, New York’s state legislature introduced and passed an even harsher gun control law.
The measure, signed on July 1 by Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul, prohibits gun owners from carrying their firearms in any location the law deems “sensitive.” The long list of such banned locations includes government buildings, health facilities, churches, libraries, public parks, entertainment venues, public transportation and more.
Even more shockingly, the law requires applicants seeking concealed carry permits to submit their social media accounts for a review of their “character and conduct.” Carl Paladino, a Republican congressional candidate who has sued the state legislature over the law, argues the measure is both unconstitutional and a bureaucratic nightmare.
“Can you imagine how the licensing entity could possibly investigate all that for the millions of gun owners that we have in the state of New York? Can you imagine the actual implementation of such ridiculousness?” Paladino said in a statement.
Paladino, a Republican candidate for the state’s 23rd congressional district, also argued the law was a violation of New Yorkers’ First Amendment rights.
Despite the controversy over the law, state Democrats have defended their legislation, arguing that none of the new requirements are unconstitutional. Jim Urso, deputy director of communications for New York’s governor, claimed the law was specifically drafted to comply with the recent Supreme Court decision.
“Governor Hochul signed landmark legislation developed to comply with the Supreme Court’s recent decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen and drafted in close collaboration with the legislature,” Urso said. “We have no further comment given pending litigation.”
In NYSRPA v. Bruen, the Supreme Court ruled that New York’s previous gun law had gone too far in restricting its citizens’ right to carry firearms.
In the court’s majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the “right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not a ‘second-class right,’” subject to different rules and regulations.