Mayors Against Illegal Guns Co-Chairs Respond to Dangerous Second Amendment Supreme Court Decision
NEW YORK – Today, Mayors Brandon Scott (Baltimore, MD), Shawyn Patterson-Howard (Mount Vernon, NY), and Eric Adams (New York, NY), co-chairs of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a nonpartisan coalition of more than 1,000 current and former mayors that is part of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen, which ruled against New York regarding one aspect of its concealed-carry permitting law. Five other states (California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey) have similar requirements.
“It’s clear that today’s Supreme Court decision will exacerbate the devastating toll that gun violence has on our cities. But we won’t let the court stop us from doing our jobs, and we’ll continue to work with our fellow mayors across the country to implement strategies to protect our public spaces from gun violence and keep guns out of places they don’t belong.”
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.
Did you know?
Every day, 120 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using four years of the most recent available data: 2018 to 2021.