NY’s governor, attorney general applaud Supreme Court ruling on gun law

June 21, 2024 Brooklyn Eagle Staff
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ALBANY — NEW YORK’S TOP OFFICIALS ARE PRAISING the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold a federal gun law protecting domestic violence victims in statements released on Friday, June 21. “Common sense gun safety laws save lives,” wrote Gov. Hochul. “In New York, we have some of the nation’s strongest laws to keep people safe from gun violence and protect survivors. Our nation-leading efforts to expand Red Flag Laws and restrict access to deadly weapons of war are continuing to improve public safety. In this past year’s budget, we invested more than $40 million to crack down on abusers like Zackey Rahimi and provide resources for survivors.” AG James wrote that “gun safety laws save lives. I am pleased with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the federal law that stops domestic abusers from legally possessing firearms. This law, and the similar statutes that have been established in nearly every American state and territory, help protect vulnerable people and keep guns out of dangerous hands.”

Attorney General James, as part of a coalition of 25 attorneys general, submitted an amicus brief to the Supreme Court arguing that striking down the existing federal law would make it more difficult to protect survivors of domestic abuse. They referred to studies showing that an abuser is five times more likely to murder an intimate partner if a firearm is in the home.

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