NY state's new gun control law not universally loved

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It’s hard to not think of a state like New York as being full of nothing but gun control advocates. While that feels like it’s true, it’s not. There are plenty who support the Second Amendment up that way. They’re just outnumbered by the anti-Second Amendment zealots there.

Now, following the Bruen decision, the state has made some changes to its gun control laws, and not everyone is thrilled with them.

New York Democratic Governor Kathy Hochul has signed into law a bill that restricts the concealed carry of firearms in locations such as government buildings, schools, and religious places of worship.

This comes after the US supreme court ruling last week—which struck down some of the requirements for carrying concealed firearms in the state—including the previous requirement that gun owners had to demonstrate “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry license.

Scott Noren, an Ithaca resident, used to legally conceal and carry a weapon in the synagogue he worships in, which made him feel safer.

He feels that the rights of the synagogue itself to provide a secure, safe environment have been upended by this new legislation.

“To not have that option of having something there to protect yourself, it’s minutes before the police are going to arrive, and you gotta have some kind of security plan,” said Noren.

Noren makes a valid point, too.

Let’s also remember that synagogues have been targeted for attack multiple times in recent years. There’s a good reason why people who attend one might want to carry a gun for protection.

Yet that is now off the table.

This is, of course, Hochul’s response to the Bruen decision, but this also falls under the category of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

For all of New York’s affection for gun control, it was clear that there was no problem in the rest of the state. There wasn’t a history of shootings at places of worship between permit holders, enough so that it could potentially justify such a response.

This was nothing more than Hochul and her fellow lawmakers’ petulance at losing Bruen. They decided that since New York’s “good cause” requirement was struck down, they’d make the gun laws there as restrictive as they possibly could.

It’s a temper tantrum disguised as legislation.

Yet it’s also a law that is restricting real people from being able to protect themselves as they have been for years elsewhere without issue.

In time, I hope the Court hears challenges to these cases and puts an end to them.

I also hope that it’s before someone takes advantage of New York’s new laws and decides to gun down people in a house of worship that might have been protected by armed congregants before but no longer has such protections.

Should that happen, the last thing Hochul needs to do is scream about how we need more gun control. The blood of those will be on her hands, not ours.

Not that the media will say as much, but that doesn’t change the reality.

Aug 18, 2022 5:30 PM ET