Gun Owners of America Re-Files Lawsuit Against New York Concealed Carry Law

On September 20, 2022, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF), re-filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of New York against the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, a civilian disarmament scheme that went into effect on September 1st.  

Other plaintiffs who are willing to violate the law or who are currently violating the law have currently joined the lawsuit. According to GOA’s press release, the lawsuit “was originally filed on behalf of a GOA member from Schenectady County.”

GOA listed off several troubling provisions featured in New York’s current law:

Display “good moral character” 

Disclose their social media accounts for review 

Have in person interviews with law enforcement  

Provide four “character references” 

Undergo 18 hours of combined training, a tremendous increase from the existing 4-hour requirement 

The amusing part about this law was how New York lawmakers claimed that the law was in compliance with the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent 

Ironically, several New York leaders offered comments claiming this law was fully in line with the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, despite Judge Glenn Suddaby’s statement that this law violated the constitution.

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement about the lawsuit: 

While we respectfully disagreed with Judge Suddaby on the question of standing in our previous request, we are excited to re-file this lawsuit and hope that the judge will quickly enjoin this egregious law that leaves New Yorkers at a complete disadvantage to the growing criminal element across New York City and the entire state.

Sam Paredes, a member of the Board of Directors of Gun Owners of America, added: 

Based on the statements of several New York leaders leading up to and after this law took effect three weeks ago, it seems clear that the anti-gunners in Albany will continue to restrict the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers until we the people stop them in Court. We look forward to fully dismantling this unconstitutional law.

New York is ranked in dead last 51st place according to Guns & Ammo magazine’s best states for gun owner rankings. So it’s to be expected that New York tries to constantly pass unconstitutional gun control laws and ignore pro-gun rulings from Supreme Court.

Litigation from pro-gun groups and nullification in rural counties are the only ways for pro-gun activists in the Empire State to restore gun rights.

There are no easy ways out here.

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