Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New York Gun Control Law Upheld - Another Defeat for the Second Amendment Foundation

Yahoo news reports
The state of New York can continue to require residents who want to carry a concealed handgun in public to obtain a special license, a federal appeals court ruled on Tuesday.

The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York rejected a challenge brought by several Westchester residents and the Second Amendment Foundation against the state's handgun licensing scheme.

Like numerous other states, New York imposes restrictions on individuals who wish to carry concealed firearms in public.

Under New York law, people can apply to carry a handgun outside the home for the limited purposes of hunting or target practice. But those who want to carry concealed handguns in public without any restrictions must convince state licensing officers they have a special need for self-protection greater than others in the general community.
Alan Gura is having a bad year. Not unlike the NRA itself, which recently suffered a terrible defeat in San Francisco, he and his organization couldn't pick a winner in the election . Now they can't even do something about the "may issue" policy of granting concealed carry licenses in New York.

What's your opinion? It seems to me the tide is turning.  What do you think?

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  1. The tide is not turning. This was expected, given that this was the Second Circuit. What for the appeal.

    Contrary to what Yahoo News claims, only a handful of states have the kind of infringements that New York imposes.

  2. According to the article:
    "Under New York law, people can apply to carry a handgun outside the home for the limited purposes of hunting or target practice."

    Two problems there. First, if owning a handgun inside the home is a given, how is one supposed to be able to use it safely, effectively, and accurately without first practicing at a range? However, a person has to apply for a license to be able to do that which is irrational and even worse unconstitutional. Second, New York's law implies that the only "legitimate" purpose for using a handgun is hunting and target shooting. How about simply collecting? Or how about self defense? What about other possible uses?