The Supreme Court ruled that despite ongoing legal challenges, New York’s concealed carry limitations can be put into effect.
The brief, unsigned decision from Wednesday deferred to an appeals court, which postponed blocking several parts of the law at the state’s request.
In a landmark ruling that has implications for gun regulations across the country, the Supreme Court this summer invalidated New York’s requirement that applicants demonstrate justification for carrying concealed weapons.
Governor Kathy Hochul and the state Legislature moved quickly to strengthen state laws that would lessen some of the implications of the verdict. Since then, Gun Owners of America and other parties have challenged those actions, and judges have rejected various parts of the law in various contexts.
A lower court decision that would have instantly barred a crucial portion of the legislation that restricts firearms in specific locations was postponed late last year by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, despite ongoing legal challenges and counterclaims. The Supreme Court has to decide whether to maintain that order.
The new statute, according to Justices Samuel A. Alito Jr. and Clarence Thomas, “presents fresh and significant problems under both the First and the Second Amendments,” they said in their ruling.
The ruling stated that Wednesday’s deference to the 2nd Circuit was not intended to “express any view” on the matter and that anyone contesting the statute should go back to the Supreme Court if the appeals court doesn’t complete its study in a timely manner or enough.