One of the people behind the successful ruling in Bruen v. NYS Rifle & Pistol Association is using Gov. Kathy Hochul’s own words to criticize her attempt at limiting where guns may be carried in the state.
“Let me quote the governor: It’s reprehensible,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association. “Trying to circumvent the Supreme Court. I think somewhere along the line, she took an oath of office to support the Constitution of the United States and defend it. And here she is trying to circumvent a ruling.”
The governor, who strongly criticized the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that struck down a 108-year-old law that limited who could obtain a concealed carry handgun license, told CBS News last week that the decision by the court “was shocking in its scale and also reprehensible given that we are experiencing a nationwide gun violence crisis.”
King’s advice to Hochul is to take criminals off the street rather than focus on the rights of lawful gun owners.
“I think she should put her efforts behind taking the criminals off the street, making sure they go to jail, making sure they stay in jail,” King said, referencing the state’s efforts to reform bail laws. “The legal gun owner is not the problem.”
Hochul called the state Legislature back for an extraordinary session today to pass a package of bills that would ban guns from select locations like subways and schools, require more extensive background checks and mandate training.