(MINEOLA, N.Y.) – In a ruling released on Thursday, June 23, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 6-3 to strike down New York’s requirement for individuals applying for a concealed carry permit to prove “proper cause” of danger. Following the ruling, Nassau County Legislature Minority Leader Kevan M. Abrahams (D – Freeport) issued the following statement:
“The Supreme Court’s ruling is a shocking blow to the century-old framework of our gun safety laws that will undermine our ability to protect Nassau County residents and New Yorkers. We are especially concerned about how the increased number of concealed firearms will make it even more dangerous for law enforcement professionals to do their jobs and protect the public.
“The Minority Caucus remains intently focused upon enacting Constitutionally sound gun safety measures that will protect Nassau County residents from senseless gun violence.
“In recent months, we have filed legislation that would empower the Nassau County Police Department to cross-check the names of individuals who are involuntarily transported to facilities for emergency psychiatric and behavioral care against the Nassau County pistol registry (Clerk Item 151-22); build upon New York State’s safe storage legislation to further ensure that guns and ammunition are secure in the home and businesses that sell them (Clerk 192-22); empower the Nassau County Office of the Crime Victim Advocate to assist residents who are applying for Extreme Risk Protection Orders (Clerk Item 193-22) and require firearms business owners and operators and dealers to display signage in their place of business warning of the risks of firearm access (Clerk Item 194-22).
“We urge County Executive Blakeman and the Legislative Majority to follow the recent example of the United States Senate and work with us in a bipartisan manner to pass reasonable laws that will keep firearms out of the hands of people who should not have them and protect the rights of law-abiding citizens.”
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