The Supreme Court is allowing New York to continue to enforce a new gun law that bans guns from sensitive places such as playgrounds and schools while a court challenge plays out. The Justice turned away a plea by the Law Challengers after gun owners wanted the high court to lift a federal People’s Court order that temporarily put on hold a lower court decision that blocks portions of the law.
The appeals court hasn’t finished its review of the certain case, and justices are reluctant to weigh in under the circumstances. But, justices could still consider the case and the law in the future.
New York lawmakers had rewritten the state’s handgun laws after a June Supreme Court ruling invalidated New York’s old system for granting certain permits to carry handguns outside of a home. The ruling stated that Americans have a right to carry firearms in public in certain needs of self-defense, invalidating the New York law.
The law required people to show a specific need to get a license in order to carry a gun outside of their homes. The ruling was said to be a major expansion of gun rights Nationwide resulting in challenges to others, and other similar state laws.
The New York law passed, expanding those who can get a license to carry a handgun, but increased the training requirements for all applicants and required them to provide more information including a list of all their social media accounts. Applicants must also demonstrate good moral character. The law included a long list of sensitive places where guns are banned, among them being places of worship, schools, playgrounds, several entertainment venues, times square, and places that serve alcohol.
US District Judge Glenn Suddaby had declared portions of the long constitution issuing a preliminary injunction which barred certain provisions enforcement. But the US court of appeals for the second circuit had already put the ruling on hold while it considered the case. Several challengers to the law had asked the high courts to step in and allow Suddaby’s ruling, which blocked parts of the law in order to go into effect while the case continues.