On Monday, a federal judge in New York put a temporary halt to the state’s new gun licensing that went into effect on Sept. 1. Chief Judge Glenn Suddaby granted the injunction while Gun Owners of America challenges the legislation in light of the Bruen decision.
One of Judge Suddaby’s primary concerns with the licensing requirement is the state’s need to review an applicant’s social media accounts before granting a license. He also took issue with a ban on firearms in a number of public and private locations.
“Simply stated, instead of moving toward becoming a shall-issue jurisdiction, New York State has further entrenched itself as a shall-not-issue jurisdiction,” the judge wrote, \ the New York Daily News reported. “And, by doing so, it has further reduced a first-class constitutional right to bear arms in public for self defense … into a mere request.”
According to Syracuse.com, the ruling won’t go into effect “for three business days, to allow the state to seek an appeals court’s ruling.”
Erich Pratt, Senior Vice President of Gun Owners of America, applauded the decision but warned about gun control advocates’ future moves.
“Anti-gunners are trying to find loopholes to circumvent the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision from earlier this year that reaffirmed your God-given right to keep and bear arms,” Pratt said in a statement on the Gun Owners of America website. “That’s why we’re fighting so hard to OVERTURN New York’s draconian gun control law that puts virtually the entire state off limits to concealed carry permit holders.”
The lawsuit was brought forward by Gun Owners of America and Gun Owners Foundation on behalf of six individuals.