GOA and GOF Re-file Lawsuit Against New York Concealed Carry Law
By Caroline Thorman
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2022
Washington, D.C. – Yesterday, Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) re-filed a federal lawsuit in the Northern District of New York over the poorly named Concealed Carry Improvement Act, which took effect September 1st. Several additional plaintiffs who are willing to break the law or are currently in violation have joined the lawsuit, which was originally filed on behalf of a GOA member from Schenectady County.
Among other alarming provisions flouting recent Supreme Court precedent, this law requires concealed carry permit applicants to:
Display “good moral character”
Disclose their social media accounts for review
Have in person interviews with law enforcement
Provide four “character references”
Undergo 18 hours of combined training, a tremendous increase from the existing 4-hour requirement
Ironically, several New York leaders offered comments claiming this law was fully in line with the Constitution and Supreme Court precedent, despite Judge Glenn Suddaby’s clear indications that this law was patently unconstitutional—statements which the judge offered in his opinion that denied GOA’s request for a preliminary injunction on standing grounds.
Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:
“While we respectfully disagreed with Judge Suddaby on the question of standing in our previous request, we are excited to re-file this lawsuit and hope thatSource: Gun Owners of America