United States District Court Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. granted a temporary injunction against a New York City gun control prohibiting the licensed carrying of a concealed weapon on private property.
Sinatra’s decision marks at least the third decision against gun control in New York in the past two months. Breitbart News reported on the first decision on October 6, 2022, when U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order against parts of New York’s new gun controls, including the requirement that applicants for concealed carry permits have their social networks scanned.
Breitbart News noted the second ruling against gun control in New York on October 21, 2022, when District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. issued a temporary restraining order blocking New York’s ban on carrying concealed in places of worship.
And now, this third decision, issued on November 22, 2022, also by Sinatra, is the subject of a complaint filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition on behalf of Brett Christian, a private citizen.
The three rulings each focused on a different aspect of a broader package of gun controls signed by New York Governor Kathy Hochul (D) in reaction to the June 23 U.S. Supreme Court ruling 2022 in NYSRPA v. Bruen. This ruling overturned New York’s just cause requirement for issuing a concealed carry permit.
New York Democratic lawmakers responded to Brown enacting more controls and restrictions on firearms, including a requirement that applicants for concealed carry permits have their social media accounts scanned and an outright ban on concealed carry in places of worship.
Arms control also included a ban on carrying on private property.
Judge Sinatra noted that private landlords do have the right to prohibit concealed carry on their premises if they wish, but the state lacks the ability to exercise this right for them.
Second Amendment Foundation executive director Alan Gottlieb commented on the ruling, saying, “New York’s efforts to circumvent the Supreme Court Brown decision have become a painful exercise in legal acrobatics, which it seems obvious that the courts can carry out. This case illustrates the ridiculous lengths that Albany lawmakers have tried to go to in their effort to circumvent the letter and spirit of the High Court’s decision.
The case is Christian v. NigrelliNo. 122-cv-00695 in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.
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