Eric Adams has warned New Yorkers that they should be ‘very afraid’ of what will happen in their city if the Supreme Court strikes down a long-held state law requiring gun owners to have a license in order to carry a firearm.
America’s highest court – which has come under fire in recent weeks for a leaked draft that would overturn women’s federal abortion rights – is expected to issue a decision in the case, brought by a New York gun group that wants the permit law repealed, in the coming weeks.
The law the group seeks to repeal took effect in 1911, and requires licenses for New Yorkers to possess firearms small enough to be concealed.
During a press conference in Harlem Thursday, Adams told reporters that he suspects the court will toss the century-old gun guidance.
‘After what we saw the Supreme Court did on abortion,’ Adams said, ‘we should be very afraid.’
Eric Adams warned New Yorkers that they should be ‘very afraid’ of what will happen in their city if the Supreme Court strikes down a long-held state law requiring gun owners to have a license in order to carry a firearm, at a press conference in Harlem Thursday
The tough-on-crime mayor went on to explain how he believes cities like New York are being overlooked by lawmakers looking to nix the law – which requires Big Apple residents to obtain a concealed carry permit before being allowed to carry a gun on the city’s streets.
‘In densely populated communities like New York, this ruling could have a major impact on us,’ Adams, 61, said, before adding that his team was exploring potential ways to respond to the expected ruling.
‘We are now looking with our legal experts to see what we can do,’ said Adams, who campaigned last year on cleaning up the city’s crime-ridden streets.
‘But we should all be concerned.’
The lawsuit behind the looming guidance was filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA) last year, and was sent to the US’ top court in November after being dismissed by New York’s circuit court – the second tier of the country’s court system.
The suit argues the licensing law comes in violation of the Second Amendment, since it only allows concealed carry permits to be issued to those who can show ‘proper cause’ for keeping a hidden weapon on their person in public – a stipulation that is rarely met by gunowners applying for the permit.
During oral arguments in the case last year, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito – the jurist who penned the leaked Roe vs. Wade repeal draft – conceded that it was not fair that ‘law-abiding people’ are barred from carrying firearms on the city’s crime-riddled subway system, while lawbreakers continue to carry weapons illegally.
‘All these people with illegal guns: They’re on the subway, walking around the streets, but ordinary, hard-working, law-abiding people, no,’ Alito told New York state’s solicitor general Barbara Underwood. ‘They can’t be armed.’
The statement from the jurist perturbed gun control advocates, who saw the remark as a sign that Alito and his right-leaning contemporaries on the court were plotting to rescind the law.
The law the group seeks to repeal took effect in 1911, and requires licenses for New Yorkers to possess firearms small enough to be concealed
A recent mass shooting in the city’s subway system spawned renewed debate over concealed carry laws in New York state, after a masked shooter struck further fear in New Yorkers after popping a smoke canister on a crowded train in Sunset Park lass month, before opening fire – 33 times – on those inside, injuring 10.
Both Second Amendment and gun control advocates have used the incident to strengthen their respective arguments – with those in favor of the law arguing that unarmed citizens on the train car were left defenseless during the attack, while those whom oppose it say the law would not have stopped the suspect, Frank James, from buying the firearm, purchased legally in Ohio, a state with more lax laws.
Adams, who has touted efforts to address the city’s rampant gun violence and crime-ravaged subway system since being sworn in as mayor earlier this year, said he believes the city will ‘carve out’ zones where guns will be prohibited – such as schools and subways – if the guidance is upheld by the court.
‘This is going to be a legal battle for some time, but the lawyers are looking at it,’ he said. ‘We’re not sleeping on this ruling, on this decision that’s coming down.’
Meanwhile, the mayor has struggled to address gun violence in the city in the four months he has been in office, with gun violence nearly double what it was in 2019
The city saw its latest shooting on Tuesday, where a gunman killed a 31-year-old man and injured two others at a deli in the Bronx, just a day after Adams was pictured rubbing shoulders with celebrities at the Met Gala while wearing a tuxedo that read ‘End Gun Violence’ on the back.
America’s highest court recently came under fire in recent weeks for a leaked draft that would overturn women’s federal abortion rights. The jurists are expected to issue a decision in the gun case, brought by a New York gun group that wants the law repealed, in the coming weeks
Also on Tuesday, another shootout in the Bronx saw an NYPD officer shot by a suspect who had been on the streets awaiting sentencing for a prior gun charge.
The officer was the eighth cop to get shot in the city this year.
Gun arrests are up 28 percent, and the NYPD has removed 2,600 illegal guns from the streets this year, Adams said during the presser, touting the numbers.
However, major crime is still up 41 percent compared to last year.
Adams said he expects to get crime under control by the end of January.
‘New Yorkers should be living in a safe city right now, based on the actions of the police department,’ the mayor said, before blaming woke city officials for lax laws that see repeat offenders released while awaiting sentencing.
‘The problem is we did our job of getting guns off the street. Keeping the shooters off the streets is still failing,’ Adams said. ‘And so unclog our courts, start to sentence these shooters, modify those parts of the laws that allow shooters to come back onto our streets – those are the pieces that we need that are missing.’
The mayor has struggled to address gun violence in the city in the four months he has been in office, with gun violence nearly double what it was in 2019