One day after a shooter in Uvalde, Texas, brutally murdered 19 children and 2 teachers, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) swore to hold a special legislative session to pass gun control procedures if the Supreme Court reverses the state’s limiting hidden bring law. Justices on the high court are quickly anticipated to release a judgment in the case New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, a lawsuit surrounding two men who have rejected a unique requirement or “proper cause” license to bring a hidden handgun or revolver that is needed under a long-standing New York law.
Hochul spoke Wednesday on the looming choice in the Supreme Court briefly after stating she wishes to raise the age to buy guns from 18 to 21 after an 18-year-old shooter opened fire at instructors and trainees at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde on Tuesday.
“As we’ve just seen from these two horrific crimes that we can’t get out of our minds, the common denominator, there are three: the weapon was an AR-15, the perpetrator was a male, and the perpetrator was 18,” Hochul said.
In spite of having the “toughest gun laws in the nation,” Hochul noted, she said state legislators are currently anticipated to use up a bundled bill over gun restrictions prior to completion of the existing legislative session, which concludes on June 2.
Hochul’s commentary on the Texas shooting comes less than 2 weeks after the fatal shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, where a shooter equipped with an AR-15-style rifle killed 10 people.
“Am I supposed to just leave all the flags at half-mast? They’re still at half-mast from Buffalo,” she said.
When justices heard arguments over New York’s limiting hidden bring authorization law, Attorney Paul Clement was the lead supporter prior to the Supreme Court in November. In March, he stated the commentary from the 6-3 Republican-appointed bulk on the high court “suggested that the court was pretty tough on the New York law,”though he cautioned against forecasting the result of the pending case.
He added that the New York law “in many respects is the carry equivalent of the kind of law that the District of Columbia had with respect to the right to keep an arm inside the home,” Clement said in reference to the 2008 District of Columbia v. Heller decision.
In Heller, justices ruled in a 5-4 viewpoint that the Second Amendment secures a specific right to have a gun in houses for “lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.”
“Whether the decision leaves an opening for New York to enact a revised ‘proper cause’ standard or some different law would depend on how the decision is written,” Clement said, adding that if the court rules against the New York law, “the burden will likely be on the state to pass a new law that the state believes is consistent with the court’s decision.”
A decision in the New York permit law case is anticipated at some point between now and the completion of the present Supreme Court session, which ends in late June.