NY Governor Hochul Calls Supreme Court Gun Decision ‘Reprehensible’

New York Governor Kathy Hochul denounced the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday, June 23, which struck down a century-old state gun regulation, thus allowing concealed carrying of weapons in public places.

The court ruled by a 6-3 vote that the right to carry a concealed weapon in public is a fundamental right, especially for the purposes of self-defense, overturning a state law that required citizens to provide “just cause” to authorities to acquire one. concealed carry authorization.

“Since New York State issues public bear licenses only when an applicant demonstrates a special need for self-defense, we conclude that the state’s licensing regime violates the Constitution,” wrote Justice Clarence Thomas, Senior Conservative Justice.

Hochul said the decision is “setting us back in our efforts to protect families and prevent gun violence” and “may put millions of New Yorkers in danger.”

Her remarks came during a press conference during which she signed the Alyssa Act, which will require schools to have silent panic alarms that are directly linked to law enforcement. The law is named after Alyssa Alhadeff, a 14-year-old student killed in the 2018 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Credit: Governor Kathy Hochul via Storyful

Video transcript

KATHY HOCHUL: As governor of New York State, my number one priority is keeping New Yorkers safe. But today the Supreme Court is holding us back in our efforts to protect families and prevent gun violence. And it is particularly painful that this has happened at this time, [? where ?] we are still dealing with families suffering from the mass shootings that took place, the loss of life, their beloved children and grandchildren.

Today, the Supreme Court struck down a New York law that limits who can carry concealed weapons. Does everyone understand what a concealed weapon means? That you don’t have any notice, that someone can hide a gun in them and get into our subways, get into our grocery stores, like stores in Buffalo, New York, where I’m from, get into a school in Parkland or Uvalde. This could put millions of New Yorkers in danger, and this comes at a time when we are still grieving the loss of life, as I just mentioned.

This decision is not just reckless. It’s reprehensible. It’s not what New Yorkers want, and we should have the right to determine what we want to do in terms of our gun laws in our state. If the federal government doesn’t have comprehensive laws to protect us, then our states and our governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens because of what’s happening – the insanity of the gun culture that’s now possessed. all to the Supreme Court.

The law we’re talking about has been in effect since the early 1900’s. And now, having our ability to determine who is eligible for a concealed carry license — this is not a common permit. This is a special use that you can hide it from people. We had limitations. If it’s for a just cause, someone who’s been threatened, someone who needs it for their job as a security guard, we have ratings where it’s allowed and it’s been allowed for over 100 years.

But we don’t need people entering our subways, our restaurants, our movie theaters with concealed weapons. We don’t need more guns on our streets. We are already dealing with a major crisis of gun violence. We don’t need to add more fuel to this fire.

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