Lawsuits against NY's so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act

NY's Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) is a punitive attempt, by the Democrat governor and Democrat-controlled state legislature, to circumvent the Supreme Court's decision in NYSRPA v Bruen, the explanation of both of which can be read, above.

As of this writing, three lawsuits have, already, been filed, against multiple of NYS' apparently unConstitutional firearms "control" laws, based on the Bruen decision, which NYS seems intent to violate, in every way it thinks possible or imaginable.

A copy of each of the lawsuits is attached, for your reading but in summary, they are as follows:

1) Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc. v James (2:22-cv-04075) (to have NY’s “assault weapon” ban declared unConstitutional), GOA v Bruen (1:22-cv-00734-GTS-CFH) (to obtain an injunction, preventing implementation of NY’s so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act, then have it’s terms declared unConstitutional) and 3) Paladino v Bruen (1:22-cv-00541) (to void NY’s so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act as violations of the 1st, 2nd, 5th  and 14th Amendments of the US Constitution.


Paladino-Gun-Lawsuit.pdf (447.4KB)

NYSRPA v Bruen decision

Now, that I've had some time to read and digest this decision, I'm prepared to present my analysis.

    I am not an attorney and, therefore, what I’m saying should not be construed as legal advise or anything other than my personal opinion, about my interpretation of what I believe to be the plain and clear language of the Bruen decision.
    Those of us, myself included, who believed that the ramifications of this decision were going to be huge were WRONG. Hear me out.
    Much of this decision is based on the language of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment, as well as the entirety of the 2nd Amendment. For those, for whom the text of that section of the 14th Amendment does not come to immediate mind (myself included), it reads as follows:
“Section 1
    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
    I’ve highlighted the two portions of that Section of the 14th Amendment which I believe to be the crux of much of the Bruen decision.
    The fact that the decision was based on a combination of interpretations of the 2nd and 14th Amendments takes the ramifications thereof completely out of the realm of huge, then places it, squarely, in the footprint of MONUMENTAL.
    Here’s how I see what this SCOTUS decision has done:
    1) all “red flag” laws are VOID,
    2) O’Brien v Keegan, 87 N. Y. 2d 436, 438–439, 663 N.E. 2d 316, 316–317 (1996) (the NY decision which granted licensing authorities as much issuing discretion as they felt appropriate) is now VOID,
    3) the concepts of “proper cause,” “special circumstances,” “special need,” “extraordinary need” or any similar euphemisms, used by licensing agents, are VOID and, therefore, any “administrative restrictions,” which were only made valid, by the Keegan decision, are, now, also, invalid and VOID,
    4) this decision does not apply just to NYC or NYS but to every square inch of this country; every state, territory and DC are subject to and must abide by it; it’s a country-wide decision, affecting all citizens,
    5) ALL states and other levels of government MUST recognize and honor the firearms license and/or Constitutional Carry status of any citizen of any other state or city; therefore, there can no longer be a separate requirement, within NYS, for an NYC “endorsement” to one’s license or a separate NYC license (14th A’s equal protection clause, above),
    6) the concept of “sensitive places,” where firearms will not be allowed to be carried, is going to be defined very narrowly, by SCOTUS, regardless of what any state’s, county’s or city’s ordinance may claim to be a “sensitive place,”
    7) anyone, who violates the Bruen decision, can be personally subject to the penalties of 42 US Code §1983 (violation of Constitutional rights); violations of this section of federal law are federal felonies, subjecting anyone convicted thereof to imprisonment and fines. While there is a “qualified immunity” feature, in that statute, for governmental officials, the immunity does not apply to intentional violations and any refusal, to conform to a SCOTUS decision, could only be viewed as an intentional violation of rights.

    Now, all we have to do is wait for the MD law suit (Maryland Shall Issue, Inc., et al, v. Lawrence Hogan, governor of Maryland, et al [case 1:16-cv-03311-ELH]) to be heard by SCOTUS, to clarify that no license or other form of governmental approval is needed, to exercise any Constitutionally-protected right. Add to that, the NJ-based suit of ANJRPC v. Grewal (US Court of Appeals, case #19-3142), which is challenging the Constitutionality of the concept and civilian prohibition of possession of so-called “high capacity” magazines. to be heard by SCOTUS, to clarify that no license or other form of governmental approval is needed, to exercise any Constitutionally-protected right.


SCOTUS declares NY's "proper cause" handgun licensing law unConstitutional

This is a first report. I haven't yet read the whole decision but here's a quick overview. It seems that all of the "red flag" laws will also fall, under the same ruling.

"The constitutional right to bear arms in public for self-defense is not “a second-class right, subject to an entirely different body of rules than the other Bill of Rights guarantees.” McDonald, 561 U. S., at 780 (plurality opinion). The exercise of other constitutional rights does not require individuals to demonstrate to government officers some special need. The Second Amendment right to carry arms in public for self defense is no different."

Females and Firearms Educational Event

    We will be re-activating our annual Females and Firearms Educational Event, now that the COVID problems are behind us. This year's event will be held on Saturday, September 17th, at Old Bethpage Rifle & Pistol Club, 70 Kean Street, North Babylon, NY.

    The class is limited, to 39 students, who will be enrolled, on a first-come, first-served basis. Pre-registration is required. Registration forms are attached, one each for minors and one for adults. All participants must be at least age 12, on the day of the event.

    A detailed description of the event is also attached.

Flyer.pdf (307.8KB)