Gun Safety Advocates to Hold Press Call at 2 to Respond to Ruling; Register HERE
Decision Comes As U.S. Senate is Poised to Pass Bipartisan Gun Safety Legislation
NEW YORK – Everytown for Gun Safety released the following statements in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, which ruled against New York regarding its concealed-carry permitting law. Additional comments will be forthcoming as we review the opinion. At 2:00 PM ET, Everytown, Brady, Giffords, and March for our Lives will host an on-the-record call responding to the Supreme Court’s ruling. Register HERE to attend.
“Today’s ruling is out of step with the bipartisan majority in Congress that is on the verge of passing significant gun safety legislation, and out of touch with the overwhelming majority of Americans who support gun safety measures,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “Let’s be clear: the Supreme Court got this decision wrong, choosing to put our communities in even greater danger with gun violence on the rise across the country.”
“This decision won’t stop our grassroots army from doing what we’ve done for a decade: fighting to keep our families safe,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “Just as we’re breaking the logjam in Congress, we’re going to work day-in, day-out to mitigate the fallout in New York and any other states impacted by this decision and elect gun-sense lawmakers up and down the ballot.”
“The Supreme Court misapplied fundamental constitutional principles in ruling against New York,” said Eric Tirschwell, chief litigation counsel at Everytown Law. “Even so, states can still pass and enforce a wide array of laws to keep public spaces safe from gun violence, and we’re ready to go to court to defend these laws.”
Today’s decision comes as a bipartisan supermajority of the U.S. Senate is poised to pass major gun safety legislation for the first time in 26 years. If enacted, the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act will establish an enhanced background check process for gun buyers under age 21, provide federal funding to implement state Red Flag laws, disarm domestic abusers by addressing the dating partner loophole, and fund community violence intervention programs, among other items.
On June 23, the Supreme Court ruled in NYSRPA v. Bruen, striking down an important component of New York’s concealed carry law. That component requires applicants for a permit to carry a concealed handgun in public to show “proper cause,” i.e. a bona fide and particular need to carry a… Continue