Live Updates | VP Harris: Gun ruling ‘defies common sense’

The latest on the Supreme Court’s decision on New York’s gun law:

WASHINGTON — Vice President Kamala Harris said Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling “defies common sense” and “defies logic.”

Harris said she was “deeply concerned and troubled by the Supreme Court’s decision”, which follows her recent visit to Buffalo where she attended the funeral of one of the victims of the May 14 shooting that killed 10 people and injured three. She also referenced the many other recent shootings.

“We can continue on the list of why this, again, is making the headlines, so to speak, of the concern of the American people as to what we can and what we have a responsibility to do in terms of reasonable firearm safety. laws,” Harris said.



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NEW YORK — Several Republicans in New York applauded Thursday’s decision.

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, a Long Island Republican gubernatorial candidate who backed the lawsuit, said the decision marked “a historic, appropriate and necessary victory for the law-abiding citizens of New York, whose rights of the Second Amendment have been constantly attacked. .”

New York State GOP Chairman and congressional candidate Nick Langworthy called the decision a victory for the public over the politicians.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling is exactly what it should be – a final authority that protects the constitutional rights of citizens against a dictatorial government,” Langworthy said.

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Langworthy, Zeldin and other Republicans have criticized Democrats for what they see as threatening new restrictions on gun owners rather than passing tougher crime laws.

Senator George Borrello, a Republican from Western New York, called the decision “a validation of the Second Amendment and a victory for law-abiding gun owners in our state.”


WASHINGTON — Leaders of both parties in the U.S. House of Representatives offer mixed reactions to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling.

House Minority GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy of California welcomed the decision, saying it “rightly guarantees the right of all law-abiding Americans to defend themselves without unnecessary government interference.”

Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, also of California, released a statement saying the decision undermined states’ authority to protect public spaces from gun violence.

“It is unfathomable that, while families in Uvalde, Buffalo and countless other communities mourn their loved ones robbed by gun violence, a Supreme Court super majority has chosen to put more American lives at risk,” Pelosi said in the statement.

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The decision was made by a “radical Republican-controlled court” using “twisted logic”, Pelosi said.

She promised that Democrats would continue their efforts to prevent gun violence.


NEW YORK — New York City officials insist nothing will change immediately following Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling.

They note that the High Court sent the case back to a lower court for further proceedings which could iron out the details of the implementation.

Officials in the country’s most populous city immediately began reviewing its firearms permit application process and considering how they could now legally define ‘sensitive places’ where civilians would not be allowed. to bring weapons.

“There is no place in the country that this decision affects more than New York City,” Mayor Eric Adams said at a press conference. “And we are ready to set an example that will lead the country to: how to fight back against this decision?”

Adams, a Democrat and former police captain, raised the specter of daily arguments turning into gunfights on New York’s crowded streets and subways. He suggested that police officers would face greater danger, as well as a greater burden, in distinguishing between legal and illegal firearms in public places.

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NEW YORK — Following the Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday, at least one advocacy group has urged lawmakers to avoid passing regulations that continue to make it too difficult for members of black and brown communities to own guns .

“New York’s gun licensing regulations have been applied in an arbitrary and discriminatory manner, disproportionately trapping the people we represent, the majority of whom are from communities of color, in the criminal justice system,” the Legal Aid Society said in a statement released by the association’s spokesperson. Redmond Haskins.

The group recognized the decision as “a positive step toward ending the arbitrary licensing standards that have prevented the legal possession of black and brown firearms in New York City,” stating that criminalizing the possession of weapons by people of color “has never prevented violence and only serves to further marginalize and incarcerate people from BIPOC communities.

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WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal, a longtime former Connecticut attorney general and a key participant in bipartisan gun violence legislation negotiations, called Thursday’s decision “deeply destructive” in a tweet.

He predicted it will “unleash even more gun violence on American communities.”

Blumenthal said the decision will put more guns in public spaces instead of “maintaining common sense safeguards to reduce gun violence.” This, he said in the tweet, “will open the floodgates to invalidate common sense gun safety laws in more states.”


ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh, a Democrat, said his office will review Thursday’s ruling to determine its impact on Maryland and “continue to fight to protect the safety of Marylanders.”

“Today’s decision means more death and more pain in a country already overwhelmed by gun violence,” Frosh said in a statement.

In the statement, Frosh argues that people carrying guns in public places is a dangerous thing that has become the norm.

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“The epidemic of gun violence sweeping our country demonstrates daily the folly of introducing more weapons into this boiling cauldron,” he said.


WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden said he was “deeply disappointed” by Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning New York state’s century-old restrictions on the concealed carry of firearms.

In a statement, the president said the decision “contradicts both common sense and the Constitution, and should trouble us all deeply.” He added that after the mass shootings across the United States, the country should do more, not less, to limit the availability of firearms.

As Congress appears poised to approve modest changes to gun law, Biden urged states to go further and “enact and enforce common sense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from armed violence”.

“I call on Americans across the country to raise their voices on gun safety. Lives are at stake,” he added.

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NEW YORK – New York Mayor Eric Adams released a statement Thursday criticizing the United States Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Brun.

He said the decision puts New Yorkers “at additional risk of gun violence.”

Adams said the city has and will continue efforts to mitigate the risk of gun violence in the city, including reviews of the definition of license application processes and “sensitive locations” where firearms are prohibited.

“We will work together to mitigate the risks this decision will create once it is implemented, as we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West,” the statement said.

“This decision may have opened up another river feeding the sea of ​​gun violence, but we will do everything we can to stem it,” he added.


PROVIDENCE, RI — Democratic Rhode Island State Representative Robert Craven said Thursday he was not surprised by the decision.

“I see the court heading in that direction,” he said. “It takes a stricter interpretation that the Second Amendment is absolute — it says what it says, you have the right to bear arms.”

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Craven, an attorney and chairman of the state’s House Judiciary Committee, wondered if the court would now use that same thought process for cases involving the ban on military-style weapons.

For concealed carry permits, New York’s requirements are more onerous than Rhode Island’s. Craven said he has represented the city of East Providence, Rhode Island in three cases where permit denials have been challenged over the past decade, and the city has prevailed in all three in the state Supreme Court.

Craven said he will read the opinion in the New York case to determine whether or not it creates concern that Rhode Island’s requirements could be challenged, and whether that can be corrected by state law.


NEW YORK — Members of Congress in New York reacted to Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a state gun law. U.S. Representative Elise Stefanik applauded the ruling and said it “rightfully declares New York’s disgraceful attempt to shred New Yorkers’ Second Amendment rights unconstitutional.” Stefanik is a Republican and a staunch ally of former President Donald Trump,

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US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand called the decision “irresponsible” and “downright dangerous”.

“Our nation is in the midst of an epidemic of gun violence and instead of working to protect our communities, this court has made it even easier for potentially dangerous people to carry concealed handguns in public spaces,” said the democrat.


NEW YORK – Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling that struck down a New York gun law requiring people to demonstrate a special need to carry a firearm in order to obtain a license to carry one in public has no immediate impact on other laws, including rules on background checks and age requirements for purchasing firearms.

That’s according to Alex McCourt, director of legal research for the Center for Gun Violence Solutions at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

McCourt said instead, the courts will reevaluate the laws, determining whether they violate the Second Amendment.

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“It’s possible that these laws face a new challenge, and that’s especially true for any laws governing the public use of firearms that weren’t previously considered part of the Second Amendment,” McCourt said. .

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