On Thursday, the US Supreme Court announced its decision to strike down New York’s handgun law in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen, effectively limiting the ability of state and local governments to restrict guns outside the home.
The New York law had placed restrictions on carrying a concealed gun outside the home.
The decision was 6-3.
Hours after the decision, the Senate advanced a bipartisan gun safety bill in response to recent mass shootings including incidents in Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, TX.
Shortly after the news, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont issued a statement saying, the decision would not prevent Connecticut from enforcing its responsible gun ownership laws.
“As a matter of fact, the court specifically distinguished our approach when it comes to the issuance of permits and tools for law enforcement to keep firearms out of the hands of those who may do harm,” he said.
“However, we should all be concerned that today’s ruling heralds a newly aggressive effort to second-guess commonsense state and local policies that save lives while accommodating both gun rights and gun safety,” Lamont continued. “One thing we know is true – more guns do not make us safer, and as governor I will continue to pursue policies that make our laws stronger to keep our residents out of harm’s way.”
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