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NYC urges US Supreme Court to uphold local gun control laws

Gun safety advocates rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images/TNS)

As it reels from surging gun violence, New York City on Wednesday urged the Supreme Court to shoot down a lawsuit seeking to undermine local gun regulations.

In an amicus brief to the nation’s top court, Mayor de Blasio and the city’s top lawyer outlined the need to maintain laws regulating concealed handguns in the five boroughs, detailing the consequences of violence in the nation’s densest and most populous city.

The brief was filed in a case, supported by the NRA, arguing that the 2nd Amendment guarantees the right to carry guns outside the home. City Hall says an adverse ruling from the high court dominated by conservative justices could undermine local regulations. Currently, New Yorkers must meet a series of strict criteria to obtain a “concealed carry” permit from the NYPD.

“The safety of New Yorkers is our highest priority,” de Blasio said. “As the NYPD works hard to tackle the rise in shootings, we cannot allow more guns on our streets. Our gun laws are common-sense, and I urge the Supreme Court to uphold them to protect New Yorkers from the scourge of gun violence.”

Police Commissioner Dermot Shea said the stakes couldn’t be higher.

“The NYPD’s licensing process ensures that concealed-carry permits are issued to individuals who demonstrate a need for such a permit,” said Shea. “Eliminating that requirement will only increase the number of guns on our streets, the number of shootings, the number of unintended victims and accidental shootings by untrained armed people. It will increase the danger to both citizens and police. At a time when New York City is struggling with an increase in gun violence, adding to the number of guns on our streets is not the solution.”


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