New York’s clearly unconstitutional post-Bruen gun control temper tantrum took another hit yesterday. US District Court Judge Glenn Suddaby issued an injunction blocking major portions of the law including the subjective “good moral character” requirement, the mandate that applicants provide the names and contact information of other adults in the home, and the requirement for social media account information.
He also blocked enforcement of bans on carry in “sensitive location” like healthcare facilities, houses of worship, theaters, bars, public transportation and airports.
Significantly, Judge Suddaby also blocked enforcement of the parts of the law that make it a felony to possess a gun on private property without the owner’s express permission. That feature of the law converted most of the state into de facto no-go zones for those carrying firearms. Suddaby left carry bans in place for schools, courthouses, and polling places.
The judge denied the state’s request for a stay of his injunction pending appeal. You can read his ruling here.
Here’s GOA’s press release . . .
Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation secured a preliminary injunction in federal district court against most of New York’s poorly named “Concealed Carry Improvement Act.” This follows GOA and GOF securing a temporary restraining order against the law in October, which was frustratingly blocked by a federal appeals court.
The ruling from Judge Glenn Suddaby, who indicated this law has imposed “unprecedented constitutional violations,“ enjoins the following provisions:
- Requiring good moral character
- Requiring the names and contact info of spouses and other adults in the applicant’s home
- Requiring applicants to disclose social media accounts for review
- The restrictions on carrying in public parks, zoos, places of worship, locations where alcohol is served, theaters, banquet halls, conferences, airports and buses, lawful protests or assemblies, and the prohibition on carrying on private property without express consent from the owner
The injunction will take effect immediately, despite the State of New York’s attempt to delay the injunction.
Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:
“Just like we warned politicians after the Bruen decision, fall in line, or we will force you to. We are excited to see Kathy Hochul finally served a plate of humble pie, and we are fully prepared to continue the fight should she again attempt to disarm the citizens of her state at a time when her party’s policies are only escalating the danger that everyday citizens face.”
Sam Paredes, on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Gun Owners Foundation, added:
“This is very exciting for the citizens of New York, as today liberty won and tyranny lost. GOF and our allies remain fully prepared to defend this ruling from the foolish appeals that the anti-gunners in Albany will inevitably bring.”
GOA spokesmen are available for interviews. Gun Owners of America is a nonprofit grassroots lobbying organization dedicated to protecting the right to keep and bear arms without compromise. GOA represents over two million members and activists. For more information, visit GOA’s Press Center.
Luis Valdes is the State Director of Florida and Director of Outreach for Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands for Gun Owners of America.