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GOA Asks Supreme Court to Make FA/FO Ruling on NY Anti-CCW Laws



I suspect New York State is about to enter the “found out” phase of FA/FO, courtesy of GOA and GOF …

If you’ve been reading the news, you know that New York is absolutely determined to thumb its nose at the Supreme Court by finding increasingly ridiculous “reasons” to ignore the plain text of the Bruen decision. Think I’m kidding? It is currently more difficult in the State of New York to get a concealed-carry permit than it is to put a minor child on cross-sex hormones. (For example, said minor child doesn’t need to attend 18 hours of therapy, nor must they produce “character references.”)

As of right now, New York’s draconian CCW policies have the support of the Second Circuit Court of Appeals, but there’s just one problem with that: the Second Circuit isn’t the highest court in the land. Gun Owners of America (GOA) and its sister Foundation have just asked the Supreme Court to review what the Second Circuit has been up to.

Of course, you never know what the Supremes will do. They may elect to let this blatant disregard for their ruling slide. We’ll find out soon … but I like GOA’s chances. Don’t you?


Gun Owners of America (GOA) and Gun Owners Foundation (GOF) petitioned for writ of certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court in their challenge to New York’s mistakenly named “Concealed Carry Improvement Act.”

This sweeping law was passed in Albany after the Supreme Court rebuked the state’s may-issue concealed carry permitting scheme. But frustratingly, this new statute is more onerous and restrictive than the one overturned in the Bruen decision.

GOA quickly challenged this new law after its passage in federal court, where Judge Glenn Suddaby repeatedly sided with GOA by blocking several of its major provisions. Frustratingly, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals was eager to intervene on behalf of anti-gunners, keeping much of the challenged law in place, which has led to today’s filing with the Supreme Court.

The law’s provisions that are still in effect require applicants for a concealed carry license to:

  • Display “good moral character”
  • Have in person interviews with law enforcement
  • Provide four “character references”
  • Undergo 18 hours of combined training, a tremendous increase from the existing 4-hour requirement

Erich Pratt, GOA’s Senior Vice President, issued the following statement:

“New York politicians just couldn’t help themselves when they quickly doubled down with their unconstitutional edicts following the Bruen decision. I’m incredibly confident the justices will take an extra close look at this case since their previous ruling was ignored by the insubordinate tyrants in Albany. We’re excited about the opportunity to serve Kathy Hochul and her cabal another plate of humble pie if the Court takes the case.”

Sam Paredes, on behalf of the Board of Directors for the Gun Owners Foundation, added:

“We sent the warning out to politicians far and wide following Bruen, fall in line or we will make you. Sadly, New York refused to honor the Constitution, so we have no choice but to follow through on our threat. We urge the Court to take the case and once again rebuke New York’s unconstitutional gun control.”

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