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“It’s outrageous,” she said on Twitter, “that at a time of national awareness of gun violence, the Supreme Court has recklessly struck down a New York law that limits who can carry guns. concealed”.

The state is “looking closely at our options — including calling a special session of the legislature,” the governor said, pledging to “protect New Yorkers from gun violence.”

The ruling, in a case brought by an NRA-backed group and two individuals, could potentially allow more guns to be carried in public. Critics say the ruling will undermine common-sense solutions they say can curb gun violence.

The law in question governed licenses to carry concealed handguns in public for self-defense and required that a resident obtaining a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver demonstrate that a “legitimate cause” exists for the permit. . But the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 majority, struck down the law in a ruling handed down as the United States continues to grapple with gun violence and mass shootings.

New York state officials anticipated the decision, fearing it would make guns easier to access and gun crime would become more common.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg criticized the decision in a statement, saying it “seriously undermines public safety not just in New York, but across the country.”

However, Bragg said he was “committed to doing everything in my power to fight for the safety that everyone in this city deserves.”

New York officials react to U.S. Supreme Court ruling on handgun law

“New York still has some of the strongest gun laws in the country,” Bragg said, “and we will continue to use those laws to hold accountable those who commit gun violence.”

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez also condemned the ruling by the nation’s highest court, calling it “a nightmare for public safety.”

“New York’s strict gun laws have saved lives for more than a century, and the Supreme Court’s decision to open the door for millions of New Yorkers to carry a concealed weapon is a public safety nightmare,” he said. “The evidence is overwhelming that states with permissive gun laws see much higher rates of gun deaths – from accidents to suicides, from domestic incidents to street crimes.”

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