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Court Allows NY To Restrict Carrying Firearms on Private Property

A federal appeals court on Monday allowed New York to restrict the carrying of firearms on private property, according to Reuters. The new law was adopted after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that expanded gun rights. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals put on hold a judge's order from last month that barred officials from enforcing part of the new law making it a felony to carry a gun on private property without the property owner's express consent. It was the latest instance of the New York-based federal appeals court staying a ruling that had blocked large parts of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which was passed this year by the Democratic-led state legislature.

The law was enacted after the Supreme Court in June struck down the state's strict gun-permitting regime and declared for the first time that the U.S. Constitution protects a person's right to carry a handgun in public for self-defense. Under the new law, obtaining a firearms license became more difficult as of Sept. 1 and firearms were barred from a long list of "sensitive" public and private places. Two firearms owners and two gun rights groups, including the Firearms Policy Coalition, have sued to challenge the law making it a felony for a licensed gun owner to possess a firearm on any private property unless the property owner allowed it with a sign or by giving express consent. U.S. District Judge John Sinatra in Buffalo, an appointee of former President Trump, concluded that the provision violated the Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms." Sinatra said the provision was unconstitutional under Supreme Court precedents and would "interfere with the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens who seek to carry for self-defense outside of their own homes."


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