Supreme Court gun decision draws party line reaction from New York governor candidates

The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn New York’s long-standing restrictions on concealed weapons licenses provoked two different reactions from the top state governor candidates who, like the court itself, fell along ideological lines: the Democrats hated it and the Republicans loved it.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and her two Democratic challengers – New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi – all rejected Thursday’s 6-3 decision, which overturned the state’s 1911 law requiring gun owners to prove they have a specific need for self-defense in order to be licensed to use a concealed weapon to wear in public.

“This is not well-regulated,” Williams said, referring to the Second Amendment’s reference to a well-regulated militia. “It’s irresponsible, illogical and immoral.”

On the Republican side, candidates Lee Zeldin, Andrew Giuliani and Rob Astorino applauded the ruling, portraying it as a major victory for Second Amendment rights.

Astorino, the former Westchester County executive who has a concealed carry license in his native country, said the ruling confirms New Yorkers have the right to carry firearms for protection.

“This is a good day for law-abiding New Yorkers, and a bad day for gun-wielding criminals who have terrified defenseless citizens and communities,” he said in a statement.

The fourth Republican nominee, businessman Harry Wilson, released a statement not commenting on the ruling, but accused Hochul and her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, of “unconstitutional restrictions on the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.”

Hochul commented on the decision minutes after it came down at a previously scheduled press conference in her Manhattan office.

She called the court’s actions “reckless and reprehensible” and said she will call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to mitigate their effects by passing bills banning guns in “sensitive areas” such as schools and the United States. New York City subway system.

“If the federal government doesn’t have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and our governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens because of what’s going on — the insanity of the gun culture that’s going on. has now possessed everyone as far as the Supreme Court,” Hochul said.

But Hochul’s opponents on both sides of the aisle used the decision to emphasize her past gun-friendly stances when she served in Congress a decade ago, representing a conservative neighborhood in western New York.

That includes a 2011 vote for a bill that would have allowed anyone with a state-issued concealed carry permit to carry their gun across state lines. (The bill died in the Senate and never became law.)

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