Mayor Eric Adams led New York’s prime elected officers in excoriating the Supreme Courtroom for overturning a century-old state gun legislation — warning at a Thursday press convention that “this resolution has made each single one in every of us much less protected from gun violence.”
“There isn’t any place within the nation this resolution impacts as a lot as New York Metropolis,” Adams mentioned in response to the 6-3 ruling, which he added was “simply not rooted in actuality.”
In a separate assertion, Hizzoner vowed: “This resolution might have opened an extra river feeding the ocean of gun violence, however we’ll do every part we will to dam it.”
Adams mentioned his administration had been making ready for the choice and deliberate to do a “complete evaluate” of how one can outline “delicate areas,” or locations the place carrying a gun might be legally banned.
The mayor added that he would additionally evaluate town’s utility course of “to make sure that solely those that are totally certified can receive a carry license.”
The Sullivan Act, which has been on the books since 1913, required New Yorkers who wished to get a license to hold a handgun in public to indicate “correct trigger” that the weapon was wanted particularly for self-defense.
The New York State Rifle and Pistol Affiliation and two upstate males challenged the legislation, claiming it violated their Second Modification rights.
Mayor Eric Adams is worried how the Supreme Courtroom resolution may open a “sea of gun violence” within the Massive Apple.Paul Martinka
On Thursday, Justice Clarence Thomas sided with the plaintiffs and wrote the legislation’s necessities “violates the Fourteenth Modification by stopping law-abiding residents with peculiar self-defense wants from exercising their proper to maintain and bear arms in public.”
Throughout a press convention in Manhattan, Gov. Kathy Hochul known as the choice “not simply reckless” however “reprehensible” and “not what New Yorkers need.”
“My primary precedence is to maintain New Yorkers protected, however right this moment, the Supreme Courtroom is sending us backwards in our efforts to guard households and forestall gun violence and it’s significantly painful that this got here down at this second the place we’re nonetheless coping with households in ache from mass shootings which have occurred,” Hochul informed reporters.
Gov. Kathy Hochul argued the Supreme Courtroom is “sending us backwards” on stopping gun violence.Robert Miller
“I’m sorry this darkish day has come the place we’re supposed to return to what was in place in 1788, when the Structure of the US of America was ratified,” she continued.
“I don’t assume [the Founding Fathers] envisioned the high-capacity assault weapon magazines, meant for battlefield, as coated, however I suppose we’re simply going to should disagree.”
When requested if she would name the state legislature again to Albany to craft a legislative response to the choice, Hochul mentioned officers wanted a second to digest the ruling, however later promised: “That is New York. We don’t again down. We struggle again.”
In a 6-3 majority resolution, the Supreme Courtroom struck down on New York’s century-old legislation limiting the carrying of hid firearms.AP Picture/Jacquelyn Martin
Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg mentioned the choice “severely undermines” public security within the Massive Apple – and across the nation.
“Whereas the Courtroom has now made it tougher to restrict the variety of weapons in our communities, I’m dedicated to doing every part in my energy to struggle for the protection everybody on this metropolis deserves, and we now have been making ready for this resolution for weeks,” Bragg mentioned.
State Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Westchester) vowed in an announcement that New York “will rise as much as this newest problem to move extra gun security laws.”
Manhattan District Legal professional Alvin Bragg claims the Supreme Courtroom resolution will enable extra weapons on the streets.Gabriella Bass
“The Supreme Courtroom right this moment determined that weapons are extra vital than lives on this nation. In the present day’s resolution reinforces the truth that states should step as much as defend our residents finest pursuits and cleared the path on essential reform,” Stewart-Cousins mentioned.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg shared his ideas on Twitter, saying the ruling will make it tougher for elected officers to fight gun violence.
“The Supreme Courtroom’s opinion on NY State Pistol & Rifle Affiliation v. Bruen is totally out of contact and reveals an excessive imaginative and prescient for all times within the US,” Bloomberg tweeted.
State Senate Majority Chief Andrea Stewart-Cousins promised the state legislature will to implement “gun security laws.”Gregory P. Mango
New York’s leaders in Washington had combined emotions on the ruling.
Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) hailed the choice, declaring it “strengthens” Second Modification rights within the Empire State.
“Because the defund the police motion goes mainstream within the Democrat Occasion and failed progressive insurance policies like bail reform make our streets much less protected, it’s extra vital than ever to make sure law-abiding Individuals can correctly defend themselves in and out of their houses,” Tenney mentioned in an announcement
Republican gubernatorial candidate Rep. Lee Zeldin agreed.
Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg blasted the Supreme Courtroom as “out of contact” for overturning New York’s century-long firearm rule.Matthew McDermott
“In the present day, the US Supreme Courtroom dominated in protection of the Constitutional rights of law-abiding New Yorkers who’ve been beneath assault for a lot too lengthy,” Zeldin mentioned.
In the meantime, Rep. Mondaire Jones (D-NY) tweeted that the ruling was “a direct assault on the protection of hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers, and can end in extra harmful weapons in our communities.”
Lawmakers within the 5 boroughs fumed over the ruling as they pointed to town’s gun disaster that’s left behind a bloody path of harmless victims.
“In the present day’s Supreme Courtroom ruling increasing gun entry is devastating,” mentioned Metropolis Councilman Keith Powers (D- East Facet).
“Regardless of the nonstop tragedies, this resolution solely makes it simpler to hold a hid firearm in New York.”
Metropolis Council Speaker Adrienne Adams mentioned the physique was “ready to take motion to guard New Yorkers.”
“The Supreme Courtroom’s resolution to overturn New York’s gun legal guidelines is harmful and places New Yorkers in danger,” she mentioned.
“Our nation and metropolis are already going through a gun violence disaster, and this ruling solely threatens to worsen the hurt inflicted on our communities.”
Public Advocate Jumaane Williams, who’s difficult Hochul within the Democratic gubernatorial main, known as the ruling “painful and harmful information.”
“NY already has approach too many weapons on our streets, so we’d like clear and speedy motion from Albany, beginning with the $1b funding we’ve known as for to handle every day road violence—as a substitute of the $1b giveaway for a billionaire’s stadium,” he tweeted.
Even disgraced ex-Gov. Andrew Cuomo chimed in to share his ideas on the ruling.
“That is one other devastating setback in our struggle towards gun violence and it solely underscores the necessity for bolder gun reforms on the nationwide degree. Due to this ruling, we’re now again to the place we have been in 1910, but it surely doesn’t have to stay this fashion,” mentioned Cuomo.
“Not solely ought to combatting this resolution be a part of any last gun bundle earlier than Congress, however so ought to assault weapon and excessive capability journal bans. Permitting unchecked hid handguns in cities throughout the nation will solely enhance the variety of lives misplaced to gun violence and avoiding actual motion to forestall extra mass shootings like what occurred in Buffalo and Uvalde will solely result in additional mindless bloodshed. The American folks have already suffered an excessive amount of.”
Extra reporting by Nolan Hicks