New York City supports New York State in its fight against gun violence

January 18, 2023

NEW YORK – New York City Mayor Eric Adams and New York City Corporation Attorney Sylvia O. Hinds-Radix today took action to protect New Yorkers from gun violence. The New York Department of Justice has filed two amicus briefs with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in support of New York State’s legal fight against gun violence in two cases – Antonyuk v. college and National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc. v. James (NSSF vs James) – aimed at overriding sensible gun laws to protect the public. An amicus brief – in that case Antonyuk v. college – Pleading for the overturning of a court ruling blocking the provisions of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), which bans guns in sensitive locations and establishes new gun license requirements for concealed carry permits. A separate amicus letter – in that case NSSF vs James – arguing in support of a lower court ruling upholding a state “harassment law” used by New York City to prevent retailers from illegally selling ghost guns and the kits from which they were made to city residents .

“Unfortunately, gun violence is something we’ve all seen and felt too many times in New York City and across our state,” he said Mayor Adams. “The Concealed Carry Improvement Act and the state’s harassment laws are both critical to damming the rivers that feed the sea of ​​gun violence and to protecting us all. Under our stewardship, we have already stopped the sale and shipment of illegal ghost guns from five online retailers into our city, and the New York City Police Department is removing illegal guns from our streets every day. We are proud to support Secretary of State James and the state in fighting gun violence and making sure our streets are not riddled with gun violence.”

“As New Yorkers grapple with a gun violence problem, gun groups are trying to put an end to a sane measure that bans guns in sensitive locations and imposes sane requirements for applying for a concealed carry license — regulations of the kind that have been around for a long time.” have history in the state and across the nation,” said Management consultant Hinds Radix. “The gun industry is also trying to end sane gun laws, which are a crucial part of the solution, by wiping out a law the city passed to prevent retailers from illegally supplying lethal ghost guns into the city. The City of New York is supporting the Attorney General’s defense against the arms industry’s misguided efforts that threaten the health and safety of our communities.”

The CCIA was put into effect following a US Supreme Court ruling last year New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. vs. Bruen, which ruled that a state statute requiring a valid reason to carry a concealed gun in New York State was unconstitutional. The plaintiffs obtained a court order that blocked certain portions of the CCIA’s “sensitive location” restrictions and licensing requirements, which the Second Circuit has suspended pending appeal by New York Attorney General Letitia James.

in the Antonyuk v. college amicus brief, New York City supports Attorney General James’ appeal, arguing that the district court erred in its decision because it ignored a long tradition of local firearms statutes that have existed since the state’s inception. The brief argues that these regulations provide strong evidence that the original public understanding of the right to bear arms tolerated appropriate restrictions in certain sensitive locations, similar to the sensitive locations regulations in the CCIA. The brief also argues that the CCIA good morals licensing standard and related disclosures required of license applicants are fully consistent with the recent Supreme Court ruling Brno because they work to ensure that only law-abiding citizens are allowed to carry firearms.

in the NSSF vs James amicus brief, the state’s largest cities — New York City, Buffalo, Rochester, and Syracuse — are joining forces to help the state of New York defend a state law that allows cities and individuals to fire a member of the gun industry for unlawful conduct or unreasonable actions to sue business practices that harm the state. Last year, New York City sued five online ghost gun dealers under this “harassment law” to prevent the companies from illegally selling these guns and the kits to make them to New Yorkers. To date, New York City has negotiated agreements with four companies and obtained an injunction against the fifth to stop the illegal sale of these ghost guns and kits.

The amicus brief supports Attorney General James – who is defending the law in a lawsuit brought by the gun industry – arguing that a lower court was correct in ruling that the law is consistent with federal law and the Constitution. The brief said that an average of 870 people die and thousands more are injured from gun violence in New York state each year, and the law helps cities target the sources of illegal firearms. Even improving the sales practices of a single gun dealer can significantly reduce the availability of illegal guns in an entire community, according to Amicus.

Mayor Adams has made combating gun violence and removing illegal guns from the streets of New York City his administration’s top priority. In its first year in office, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) removed more than 7,100 illegal guns from the streets of New York. Thanks to NYPD efforts, shootings fell more than 17 percent during 2022 compared to 2021, meaning hundreds fewer people were shot during the year. Also, there were more than 4,600 arrests with guns in 2022 — a 27-year high.