New York Faces New Lawsuit over Firearm Restrictions Following Supreme Court Loss

New York is being sued again over a new highly restrictive gun control law after the Supreme Court invalidated previous state laws regarding concealed firearm carry permits just last month.

The lawsuit was filed by firearm rights advocacy group Gun Owners of America challenging New York’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA).

The complaint in the case was filed last Monday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York. It has been assigned to District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby, who was appointed to the federal bench by President George W. Bush in 2007.

The CCIA places severe restrictions on concealed carry in the state by prohibiting permit holders from possessing firearms in “sensitive locations.” Those are defined as a wide range of places, including government property, restaurants, churches, healthcare facilities, schools, public transportation, and many others.

The new law also demands that permit applicants provide character references and undergo greatly expanded training. Permit holders will be subject to periodic and ongoing background checks and must also submit to inspection of their social media postings.

The ruling issued by the Supreme Court in June in New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen struck down New York State’s long-standing requirement that carry permit applicants prove “proper cause” acceptable to government bureaucrats for needing to carry a gun.

In the Court’s majority opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the “proper cause” requirement violates the Constitution as an invalid prior restraint of rights protected by the Second Amendment.

New York’s Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul led the state legislature to pass the CCIA immediately following the court’s ruling.

The complaint filed in Gun Owners of America’s new lawsuit alleges that the CCIA enacts “several blatantly unconstitutional new infringements of the enumerated right to keep and bear arms.”

Gun Owners of America board member Sam Paredes described the CCIA as “an angry, vicious response to the Supreme Court ruling.” He added that the organization is confident the lawsuit will be able to “pretty much overturn everything they did in this legislative package because they were clearly in violation of the direct ruling” of the Supreme Court just last month.

New York State officials have not yet filed a formal response to the lawsuit. The CCIA is set to become effective on September 1, unless the federal court blocks its enforcement.