Mon, 25 Sep 2023

BUFFALO, New York: U.S. District Judge John Sinatra from Buffalo blocked New York State from restricting the carrying of guns on private property.

The state's restrictions is part of a Democratic-backed law that was adopted after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling in June struck down the state's strict gun permitting rules.

This week's ruling cancelled a provision in the law that made it a felony for a licensed gun owner to possess a firearm on any private property, unless given consent by the property owner.

Appointed by Republican former President Donald Trump, Sinatra ruled that the provision violated the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment right to "keep and bear arms."

The ruling is the latest legal victory for gun owners challenging New York's law, known as the "Concealed Carry Improvement Act."

The lawsuit was filed by two firearms owners and two gun rights groups. The Firearms Policy Coalition, one of those groups, called Sinatra's ruling a "monumental step" toward restoring the gun rights of New Yorkers.

The provision at issue was unconstitutional under the Supreme Court's earlier decisions, including June's ruling, Sinatra said.

"Property owners indeed have the right to exclude. But the state may not unilaterally exercise that right and, thereby, interfere with the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens who seek to carry for self-defense outside of their own homes," he wrote.

The office of Democrat New York Attorney General Letitia James said it would appeal.

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