A group of gun owners asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday to rule against new restrictions on who is able to carry a firearm in New York state, reports Courthouse News. This year, the Supreme Court handed down an important Second Amendment ruling after the previous incarnation of New York's law inspired a challenge. The conservative court majority not only shot down New York’s law in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, but it also created new criteria for evaluating all gun laws. It took Empire State lawmakers just a little over a week to fire back. The updated statute, the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), requires gun owners seeking a concealed-carry license to show good moral character. It also declares certain areas in the state — like churches, medical offices, public parks, and entertainment venues — to be “sensitive places” off limits to firearm possession. Gun rights advocates claim the law deprives them of their Second Amendment rights. “Falling far short of complying with this Court’s Bruen decision, the CCIA instead extinguishes the right of ‘ordinary, law-abiding citizens … to carry handguns publicly for their self-defense,’” Stephen Stamboulieh, an attorney for gun owners, wrote Wednesday in an application to the court for emergency relief.
Led by Ivan Antonyuk, the gun owners went to the high court after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit blocked a federal judge's ruling that struck down parts of the law. As the state’s appeal proceeded, the law is allowed to take effect. “The CCIA stands in direct defiance to Bruen’s central holding that governments cannot keep ‘ordinary, law-abiding citizen[s]’ with ‘ordinary self-defense needs from carrying arms in public for that purpose,’” Stamboulieh wrote. “The Second Circuit’s stay of the district court’s preliminary injunction allows New York’s novel, anti-Bruen law to strip New Yorkers of their right to keep and bear arms in a sweeping and unprecedented way.” The gun owners claim the CCIA all but eliminate concealed carry in New York. In addition to violating the constitutional rights of New Yorkers, the advocates argue, the law provides a roadmap for snubbing the high court’s rulings. “Rather than complying with this Court’s Bruen decision, New York has thumbed its nose at this Court, creating a new statutory scheme wherein the concealed carry of firearms is far more restrictive, and the licensing process far more onerous, than before this Court’s decision in Bruen,” Stamboulieh wrote.