New York – Everytown Law, the nation’s largest team of gun violence prevention litigators, released the following statement as a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard oral arguments in a group of cases challenging the public safety law New York passed in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, including Antonyuk v. Nigrelli. Bruen struck down one element of New York’s public carry permitting system and established a new analysis for lower courts to use when evaluating challenges to gun laws. The gun safety law challenged in today’s cases strengthened New York’s law requiring a permit to carry a concealed gun in public and prohibited guns from sensitive locations like public transportation and playgrounds.
“We are optimistic that the Second Circuit will continue to see the value of New York’s effort to protect public safety by keeping guns out of public transit, playgrounds, and other sensitive public locations,” said Eric Tirschwell, Executive Director for Everytown Law. “This is not an abstract exercise—this case is another attempt by the gun lobby and their allies to undermine common-sense gun safety policy that has been saving lives in New York for decades. We urge the Second Circuit to uphold this important law.”
On Friday, the U.S. Solicitor General petitioned the Supreme Court to consider and uphold a federal domestic violence gun law that keeps guns out of the hands of people subject to domestic violence restraining orders. The law was recently struck down by the Fifth Circuit in a dangerous decision that purported to apply the Supreme Court’s ruling in Bruen. More on that ruling is available here.
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