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President Biden is “deeply disappointed” with a Supreme Court gun decision that struck down a New York law restricting access to concealed carry permits Thursday.
Biden released the statement hours after the Supreme Court released its decision. The New York law had required permit applicants to provide specific reasons for needing a firearm.
“Since 1911, the State of New York has required individuals who would like to carry a concealed weapon in public to show a need to do so for the purpose of self-defense and to acquire a license,” Biden wrote. “More than a century later, the United States Supreme Court has chosen to strike down New York’s long-established authority to protect its citizens.”
“I urge states to continue to enact and enforce commonsense laws to make their citizens and communities safer from gun violence,” he added.
Biden’s statement came minutes after Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul also condemned the ruling, calling it a “dark day” for New York. Hochul stated that the U.S. only had access to muskets when the 2nd Amendment was written, and that she was “prepared to go back to muskets” through gun restrictions.
The case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, was the first major 2nd Amendment case to come before the Supreme Court in more than a decade. New York’s law required a person to show “proper cause” before being able to obtain a concealed carry license.
The “proper cause” standard allowed state officials to determine whether applicants had supplied a specific reason for needing a firearm, denying access to…