The New York chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety’s grassroots networks, released the following statements applauding Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York legislature on approving a measure that would strengthen New York’s concealed carry permitting process following the Supreme Court’s decision in the Bruen case, which struck down a portion of New York’s century-old law requiring individuals to demonstrate a particular need in order to acquire a concealed carry permit. Governor Hochul has signed the measure into law.
“What the Supreme Court didn’t take into account when they ruled on Bruen is that New Yorkers are tough, and this fight is far from over,” said Pamela Hight, volunteer with the New York chapter of Moms Demand Action. “Our elected leaders in New York have accomplished a remarkable feat today — fixing, in just a few days, a problem the Court has created with their dangerous decision-making, and being the first in the nation to do it. We are proud to stand with Governor Hochul and the New York legislature as they take meaningful action to protect communities across New York and right this grievous wrong.”
“The Bruen decision made by extremist, unelected judges was wrong and dangerous, and now our grassroots army is working with our elected officials to make it right,” said Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action. “While the Supreme Court may have turned its back on our communities, Governor Kathy Hochul and gun sense champions in the New York legislature have answered the call in this difficult moment and helped mitigate the fallout from the Court’s decision to roll back part of a law that’s protected New Yorkers for over a century. We are grateful for their first-in-the-nation leadership on this effort, and we look forward to continuing to fight to ensure the safety of all New Yorkers.”
“If NRA leaders thought New Yorkers would roll over when the Supreme Court recklessly struck down a portion of a hundred-year-old gun safety law, they don’t know New Yorkers very well,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “New York has been a leader when it comes to gun safety, so it’s no surprise that state lawmakers wasted no time addressing the dangerous situation created by the Court. We’re grateful to Governor Hochul and the New York legislature for taking swift action to keep our communities safe.”
In an average year in New York, 870 people die by guns and an additional 2,607 people are wounded. Gun violence costs New York $5.9 billion each year, of which $321 million is paid by taxpayers. More information on gun violence in New York is available here.