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Federal Judge Blocks New York Law Restricting Concealed Gun Carrying

A federal judge issued a second ruling against New York’s new gun-control law and blocked its prohibitions on carrying concealed firearms in parks, bars and houses of worship. U.S. District Judge Glenn Suddaby in Syracuse said that many aspects of New York’s law placed an unconstitutional burden on gun rights protected by the Second Amendment. He issued a preliminary injunction that barred the state from enforcing an array of restrictions and rules, including ones that required gun-permit applicants to demonstrate good moral character and provide information about their family members and social-media accounts, the Wall Street Journal reports.

The new permitting system, the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, took effect Sept. 1. New York lawmakers passed the new measures after the U.S. Supreme Court in June struck down the state's permitting process, which required applicants to show “proper cause” to be allowed to carry a concealed weapon. In a 6-3 decision, the high court said that for gun regulations to pass constitutional muster, they need to be consistent with the nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation. Under the new law, concealed-carry applicants in New York no longer had to demonstrate a special need for self-protection. They still had to show state licensing officers that they have “good moral character” to be entrusted with a weapon. The law also came with a list of locations where possession of a firearm is a felony regardless of permit status, such as restaurants, trains, buses, parks, theaters, stadiums, bars and New York City’s Times Square.


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