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Keller, Thompson laud court decision on NY gun law

Federal lawmakers of the region applauded last week’s Supreme Court decision expanding gun rights for Americans.

U.S. Reps. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, and Glenn Thompson, R-Howard, both cited the Second Amendment in support of the court striking down a New York law requiring people to demonstrate a particular need for carrying in order to get a license for a concealed handgun.

Gun control groups have decried the decision as a significant setback following a series of mass shootings and as Congress and states debate gun-control legislation.

Keller gave the following statement to the Sun-Gazette: “Last July, I joined more than 170 of my House Republican colleagues in signing on to the NYSRPA v. Bruen Supreme Court Amicus Brief to advocate for law-abiding Americans’ Second Amendment rights to keep and bear arms for self-protection. I’m glad that the Supreme Court agreed with our position and has now made it clear to liberal states that the only justification that any law-abiding American citizen needs to carry, purchase, or own a firearm is the Second Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. While today’s decision is a win for freedom and individual liberty, we must continue to advocate for and safeguard all of our rights enshrined in our Constitution and paid for by the sacrifices of our service members.”

Thompson noted that the nation’s Founding Fathers recognized the right of Americans to defend themselves as “enshrined in the Constitution.”

He stated that the court upheld that right by nullifying a New York state law requiring citizens to jump through additional hurdles for obtaining a concealed carry permit.

“This ruling reinforces the 2nd and 14th Amendments and comes on the heels of last month’s decision in Pennsylvania, which struck down Pittsburgh’s municipal gun regulations, because the Pennsylvania Constitution is clear that the regulation of firearms is the authority of the Commonwealth’s General Assembly. The bottom line is: there is a regulatory framework for law abiding citizens to have the protection of concealed carry in the majority of the country. Those states that seek to bog down people in red tape in order to lawfully carry need to stop conflating gun violence with those citizens who are just seeking to protect themselves.”

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