Supreme Court again declines to block New York concealed carry restrictions

The Concealed Carry Improvement Act lists a bevy of "sensitive locations" in which permit holders may not lawfully bring a firearm.

Updated: January 18, 2023 - 6:20pm

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The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday declined to block New York state restrictions limiting the venues in which its concealed carry permit holders may exercise their rights.

The single-page miscellaneous order simply read "[t]he application for writ of injunction presented to Justice Sotomayor and by her referred to the Court is denied." There were no dissenting opinions.

A firearms dealer operating within the state had petitioned the court to block the law's implementation, which state lawmakers passed after the high court previously struck down New York's "proper cause" requirement that a concealed carry permit applicant demonstrate a special need to carry a firearm.

The Concealed Carry Improvement Act lists a bevy of "sensitive locations" in which permit holders may not lawfully bring a firearm. The exhaustive list features both public and private venues.

The state law also requires firearms dealers to "surrender their federal firearms compliance records," per the Epoch Times, a separate point with which plaintiffs took issue.

"Until now, no federal, state, or municipal government in this country has attempted to grab the federal firearms compliance records of [a federal firearms dealer]," they argued.

Early this month, the court declined to reimpose a stay on the law, asserting that the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, which had blocked a lower court stay, had yet to issue its ruling on the case. The justices encouraged the plaintiff in that case to again seek relief if the Second Circuit did not address their case in a timely manner.