Will NY Adopt a Right-to-Carry Law?

While attempts to make New York adopt an objective standard for concealed weapons permits have failed for almost a dozen legislative sessions in Albany, gun enthusiasts will resume their campaign for a change in the law.

"We will be pushing for that legislation," the president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, Thomas King, said. "The exact specifics of the bill, we're still working on."

The change being sought is at the core of the constitutional right to bear arms. In New York, a citizen's right to bear arms is frustrated, gun advocates say, by regulations limiting the ownership of guns. The proposed legislation would automatically oblige state authorities to grant licenses to all those who apply.

Gun control supporters, who say concealed weapons are incompatible with New York culture, call "concealed carry" legislation a danger to public safety.

Such safety fears have led New York to become one of eight "may issue" states, where officials can decide whether a person should be given a permit to carry a concealed weapon.

Forty states have "shall issue" provisions on their books, by which anyone who meets objective criteria — taking into account criminal background and marksmanship training — must be given a concealed weapon permit. Wisconsin and Illinois completely prohibit citizens from carrying firearms. . . .


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here in the Evil Empire State, where a judge may deny a carry license on a whim, and automatically restrict it to "hunting and target shooting" if he does issue it, it is extremely unlikely that we will have "Shall Issue" any time soon. Instead, we have on the horizon the prospect of anti-gun Eliot Spitzer as Governor.
New York State Civil Rights Law states: "The right of the people to keep and bear arms cannot be infringed."
We have rights in this state like Russian citizens had rights in the USSR.

9/07/2006 1:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

New Yorkers have consistently demonstrated the lack of spine required to responsibly manage their state/local/municipal government.

Cowards get what cowards deserve...Schumer, Bloomberg et al.

9/07/2006 1:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

PS. the 'comments' link on the Irwin/Greer post, below, is not working...blank page

9/07/2006 1:42 PM  
Blogger saturdaynightspecial said...

Part of the blame goes to a gun-phobic newsmedia that brainwashes the N.Y. city proletariat. And, I would bet, members of the media take clues on guns from law enforcement who write to them and politicians to keep guns banned. Citizens of New York are up against a powerful never-ending barrage of anti-gun rhetoric.

9/08/2006 3:04 AM  

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