The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed key provisions of a new gun law in New York State to remain in effect for now over objections from gun owners who say the restrictions fly in the face of the Second Amendment.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, a Democrat,
signed the law in response to another Supreme Court ruling in June that will make it far easier for many Americans to carry handguns in public. The law bans New Yorkers from carrying guns in certain “sensitive places,” such as churches, parks and doctors’ offices.
Several gun owners had filed an emergency request asking the Supreme Court to temporarily block enforcement of some provisions of the law. The court denied that request Wednesday without comment, as is often the case on its emergency docket.
Associate Justice Samuel Alito said in a separate statement that the New York law presents “novel and serious questions” and that his understanding is that the court’s decision did not reflect “any view on the merits” of the questions raised by the lawsuit.
“Applicants should not be deterred by today’s order from again seeking relief if the Second Circuit does not, within a reasonable time, provide an explanation for its stay order or expedite consideration of the appeal,” Alito wrote in a statement joined by
Associate Justice Clarence Thomas.
The outcome of the litigation has national implications because many states are expected to pass – or already have on the books – similar sensitive place restrictions. The Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday
means the law will remain in place while the broader constitutional issues are hashed out in lower federal courts.
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