May 20, 2024

Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY)

Two upstate New York Republicans are preparing to introduce a measure urging judges to scrap a state law that bans guns from “sensitive” places — including Times Square — and mandates social media background checks for concealed carry applicants.

Reps. Claudia Tenney and Elise Stefanik are leading the congressional pushback against Albany’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which took effect last month, replacing a century-old law that the Supreme Court struck down in June.

The New York City-based Second Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday allowed state officials to continue enforcing the law after Syracuse federal judge Glenn Suddaby paused it pending a lawsuit from Gun Owners of America.

“Democrats in New York, led by Governor Kathy Hochul, ignored [the Supreme Court’s] ruling and enacted a blatantly unconstitutional law,” said Tenney, the author of the House resolution to be introduced Friday.

“While legal challenges against this law work their way through the courts, I am honored to stand once again in support of New Yorkers’ right to keep and bear arms,” Tenney said.

Stefanik, an original cosponsor, said, “Kathy Hochul’s gun grabbing law is unconstitutional and a direct attack on our Upstate rights and values.”

Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY)

The House resolution says, “the courts should immediately strike down the Concealed Carry Improvement Act as unconstitutional.”

The bill takes issue with the state law’s restrictions on where guns can be brought, as well as the new social-media background checks…

Read more at New York Post

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