Prominent Democrats described the Supreme Court ruling, which further extends gun rights, as a “black day” for a country that “should deeply concern us all.”
The Supreme Court ruled in favor of the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen on Thursday morning, with six Republican-appointed judges overturning a New York law requiring residents to show “the proper cause.” in order to carry a hidden weapon. Judge Clarence Thomas’s broad ruling is likely to undermine other arms safety legislation across the country.
In a statement, President Biden said he was “deeply disappointed” by the decision, but added that he was “committed to doing everything in my power to reduce gun violence and make our communities safer.” ».
“Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to demonstrate the need to do so in self-defense and obtain a license,” Biden said. “More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike at New York’s long-standing principle of protecting its citizens. This decision is contrary to both common sense and the Constitution and should concern us all deeply.
“As the late Judge Scalia acknowledged, the second amendment is not absolute,” Biden said. “For centuries, states have regulated who can buy or own weapons, the types of weapons they can use and the parts that can carry those weapons. And the courts have ratified these regulations. “
New York Governor Kathy Hotsul, a Democrat, said she was “sorry that this dark day has come.”
“We are supposed to return to what was in force in 1788 when the United States Constitution was ratified,” Hotsul said in a statement Thursday morning. “I would like to point out to the judges of the Supreme Court that the only weapons at that time were muskets. I’m ready to go back to the muskets. “I do not think they envisioned high-capacity assault rifles intended for battlefields as covered, but I guess we should just disagree.”
Hochul said she was considering a special session of the state legislature, adding to Twitter“It is outrageous that at a time of national scrutiny for gun violence, the Supreme Court recklessly rejected a New York law restricting those who can carry concealed weapons. “Just as we quickly passed the top arms reform legislation, I will continue to do everything in my power to protect New Yorkers from armed violence.”
Some of the top state law enforcement officials also responded. The Office of the Attorney General of the State of New York “We are currently reviewing the Supreme Court ruling on New York ‘s ability to regulate who can carry firearms in public,” he said in a statement. “But we will continue to do everything in our power to protect New Yorkers from armed violence and to uphold the common law laws of our state.”
said Manhattan Attorney Alvin Bragg“Right now, my office is analyzing this decision and drafting arms safety legislation that will take the strongest possible measures to mitigate the damage caused today.”
Other prominent New York Democrats have expressed frustration with the possible consequences of the decision.
“We will work together to reduce the risk that this decision will pose once it is implemented,” said New York Mayor Eric Adams. “And we can not allow New York to become the wild, savage West. This is unacceptable. We will not allow our city to live in fear that everyone around us is armed, that any conflict could turn into an exchange. “We will not allow the men and women of the police station to be exposed to further danger, making their already difficult jobs even more painful.”
“Today’s decision of the Supreme Court may have opened an additional river that will feed the sea of armed violence in our city and in our nation,” he added. “Now is the time for every elected official who cares about the safety of all Americans to come together and respond thoroughly and comprehensively to this awful decision.”
“The ruling of the Supreme Court will deepen the crisis of armed violence in New York and beyond.” wrote spokesman Ritchie Torres, DN.Y., representing part of the Bronx. “Eliminating the requirement of proper cause, as SCOTUS has done, means allowing the average person the right to bear arms in public, even in a city as densely populated as New York.”
Leading Democrats in Congress and governorships across the country also criticized the decision.
“After the horrific armed violence in Buffalo and Ovalde, the radical conservative majority of the Supreme Court has gone further, unilaterally weakening gun safety laws across the nation.” wrote Senator Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. “Countless lives of Americans are at stake in this decision, including Massachusetts.”
“A dark day in America” wrote Governor Gavin Newsom California. “This is a dangerous decision by a judicial hell that aims to promote a radical ideological agenda and violate the rights of states to protect our citizens from being shot in our streets, schools and churches. Shameful.”