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Shooting Down NY’s Ban on Guns in Churches



In 2002, Jack Wilson and Chuck Norris got in a gunfight. Loser had to shave his beard.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul thinks guns have no place in houses of worship. Jack Wilson would like a word.

As we’ve documented here before, New York Governor Kathy Hochul doesn’t have much respect for the Bill of Rights. When crime hits, she’s right there to blame the First Amendment, the Second Amendment, or a 300-foot-tall crustacean from the Paleozoic era that always wants to borrow $3.50 … never criminals, and especially not the people who pass laws that embolden criminals. In the wake of the Supreme Court Bruen decision that legalized concealed carry nationwide, Hochul and her flunkies in the New York State legislature passed a diaperload of laws designed to flout the Supreme Court. One of them bans concealed carry in churches … but the Second Amendment Foundation is on the case!


The Second Amendment Foundation filed suit in federal court challenging the new concealed carry statute in New York State that, among other things, prohibits concealed carry in churches.

Joining SAF in this legal action are the Firearms Policy Coalition, Inc. and two private citizens, Bishop Larry A. Boyd of Buffalo and Rev. Dr. Jimmie Hardaway, Jr., of Niagara Falls. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.

Defendants are State Police Supt. Kevin P. Bruen, Niagara County District Attorney Brian D. Seaman, and Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn, all in their official capacities. The case is known as Hardaway v. Bruen.

The 23-page federal complaint says Hardaway and Boyd “are leaders of their respective churches, who wish to exercise their fundamental, individual right to bear arms in public for self-defense” and for the safety of their congregants, but are prohibited from doing so because the state law prevents them from doing so.

“Here is yet another example of the sweeping irrationality of New York’s hastily-slapped-together law, which was obviously written to allow the state to dance around the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen,” said SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “One would think by now the state would have wised up and changed its law to comply with not only the letter of the high court ruling, but the spirit in which the decision was written.

“Instead,” he continued, “New York officials are determined to fight progress, not to mention the Supreme Court’s common sense, by engaging in legal acrobatics that promise to mire the state in federal lawsuits for the foreseeable future. The right of self-defense is the oldest human right, and New York’s law is written to frustrate the exercise of that right at every turn.”

Plaintiffs are represented by attorneys David H. Thompson, Peter A. Patterson and John W. Tienken with Cooper & Kirk, PLLC in Washington, D.C., and Nicolas J. Rotsko at Phillips Lytle, LLP in Buffalo.



  1. Big C

    October 21, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    New Yorkers love to vote for Democrats they are to blame for all the BS that goes on in that State.
    New York is turning back into a crime ridden hell hole like the 1970’s.
    The Governor is a POS !

  2. Big Al 45

    October 21, 2022 at 11:19 am

    If any Congregation wants their members to be armed, that IS their God Given right to do so, period.
    Churches are NOT a Public Entity, the State has NO right to restrict any Church’s Congregation in this matter.

  3. Edward Burnett

    October 21, 2022 at 10:59 am

    Hochul has already said that the US Constitution does not apply to her because she is the Governor. She said that she is working right now to remove all legal guns from the streets of NY.

  4. J Alfred Lemire

    October 20, 2022 at 4:34 pm

    They keep saying guns do not belong in Church, but that has not stopped those intent on doing harm from bring guns into Church.

  5. Rick

    October 20, 2022 at 10:37 am

    New York will always be new york.

  6. Bill

    October 20, 2022 at 9:38 am

    I believe that a lawsuit was already filed by a Jewish gun club in Orange or Rockland County. This Governor has got to go. She and her Democrats have got to realize that the Supreme court is the final say and they have spoken.

    • Hadji

      October 20, 2022 at 9:54 am

      Beg to differ Bill. It’s “We the people” that have the final say. Ms.Hochul, The Supreme Court, and all the rest work at our pleasure. When the American people remind them of that we will get back to sane policy.

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