An Under the Radar Gun Ruling made by the SCOTUS leaves NYPD Officials Worried
NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller said “The worry here is that they’re going to make this the wild, wild East.”
A century-old New York gun law has been shot down (no pun intended) by the Supreme Court in a ruling that will allow the number of firearms in the hands of criminals to skyrocket. According to top NYPD officials, New York will become a modern “Wild East.”
The number of people now allowed to carry guns throughout the state of New York will jump as a result of the overturning of the law that was in place to restrict the carrying of concealed firearms, according to the prediction of NYPD Deputy Commissioner John Miller. He said, “The worry here is that they’re going to make this the wild, wild East.”
In 1913, the Sullivan Act was instated in New York and required citizens of the state to show proper cause that a handgun was ever needed for any sort of self-defense in order to obtain a license to carry in public. A few individuals from the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association made the defense that the act defaced their Second Amendment Rights, an argument that eventually led to the overturning.
A popular name in the news due to his post decision Roe v. Wade “suggestions,” Justice Clarence Thomas wrote that the law did in fact “violate the Fourteenth Amendment by preventing law-abiding citizens with ordinary self-defense needs from exercising their right to keep and bear arms in public.”
However, the NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Intelligence and Counterterrorism stated that the overruling of the law would do more harm than good. He said the decision will:
Accidental shootings by children
Increase the number of criminals who will now be able to possess a gun
“Nobody can really tell a story that says any great good has come from these kinds of changes in other places. We do know that if you go into a situation where there’s a lot of restricted locations where you cannot carry your firearm — whether that’s hospitals or schools — people tend to leave those in cars, and the cars tend to get broken into, and the guns tend to get stolen, which means that legally obtained guns are now turning into illegal guns in the hands of criminals The mayor, the police commissioner [Keechant Sewell], and every police officer has a grave concern that putting more guns on the streets of New York is not going to come to a good end.”
John Miller explained.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams stated the ruling “made every single one of us less safe from gun violence.”
Other big names have spoken against the ruling such as Richard Aborn, the Citizens Crime Commission of NYC President.
“I’m concerned that the Supreme Court has now taken the single largest step it is ever taken in expanding gun rights by expanding the right to carry a concealed weapon to every American anywhere, anytime, anyplace. This is not going to be helpful for public safety.
It makes the job of the NYPD and police departments across the country much more dangerous. It takes a myriad of little interactions that we have in cities every day and turns them into the potential for becoming deadly encounters.”
Richard Aborn said.