New York Gov. Kathy Hochul has ordered an extraordinary session of the state legislature to consider new gun control measures, following a Supreme Court decision that struck down the state’s concealed carry gun permitting system as unconstitutional.
“The Supreme Court’s reckless and reprehensible decision to strike down New York’s century-old concealed carry law puts lives at risk here in New York,” Hochul said in a statement.
The governor added that, since the high court issued its decision, she’s been working “around the clock” to craft gun control legislation in response to the ruling.
‘Proper Cause’The New York gun permit law struck down by the Supreme Court generally required an applicant to demonstrate “proper cause” to obtain a license to carry a concealed handgun in public. Applicants met the “proper cause” requirement only if they could prove a “special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community,” according to a 1980 ruling by the Supreme Court of New York in Klenosky v. New York City Police Department.
The Supreme Court weighed whether the Empire State’s denial of concealed carry applications violated the U.S. Constitution.
‘Right to Self-Defense’Wayne LaPierre, executive vice president of the National Rifle Association, called the high court’s ruling a “watershed win for good men and women all across America.”
“The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home,” he said.
President Joe Biden condemned the Supreme Court decision, saying that it “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and should deeply trouble us all.”
“I call on Americans across the country to make their voices heard on gun safety. Lives are on the line,” Biden said.
Key provisions of the bill include incentives for states to adopt so-called red flag laws, expanding access to mental health programs, enhancing school security in a bid to prevent mass shootings, and ramping up federal background checks for people between the ages of 18 and 21.