NYS Jewish Gun Club Files Lawsuit Over NYS Gun Restrictions



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    NYS Jewish Gun Club Files Lawsuit Over NYS Gun Restrictions

    The NYS Jewish Gun Club has filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court, Southern District of New York against New York state officials, as well as filed an application for an emergency injunction to stop New York State from enforcing the aspect of the CCIA that designates places of worship or religious observation as “sensitive places.” The law makes possessing a licensed firearm in such places prohibited and punishable with severe criminal penalties • Full Story

    The New York State Jewish Gun Club is challenging the state’s restrictions on concealed carry in sensitives areas.

    The new guidelines went into effect recently and includes houses of worship.

    Some rabbis believe that firearms serve as an important tool in protecting Shuls from attack, especially with the Yomim Tovim coming up and antisemitism on the rise.



    The New York State Jewish Gun Club announced Tuesday that they have hired attorneys to fight against the state’s new restrictions, which were put in place after the Supreme Court struck down back in June New York’s century-old law that prohibited concealed carry for most residents.

    Other sensitive areas include schools, establishments where alcohol is served and overly crowded places.

    New York State wants religious citizens to choose between two rights; the right to practice religion freely as guaranteed by the First Amendment, and the right to carry a firearm as guaranteed by the Second Amendment. It does not leave any space for religious, law-abiding citizens, to simultaneously engage in both freedom of religion and the right to bear arms, without labeling them a criminal, according to the press release. According to the Gun Club, this new law infringes on the First Amendment rights of legal gun owners, as well as the Second Amendment rights of religious people.



    The new law also violates the right to due process and equal protection under the Fourteenth Amendment, they claimed. “According to the CCIA, individuals who lawfully possess firearms are treated more harshly when they are in a place where religious activity occurs. There does not seem to be a compelling government interest that can justify that lack of equal protection under the law for religious individuals.”

    “This is a prime example of how when a governor does not follow the rules and cites an emergency in order to pass laws quickly, it results in blatantly unconstitutional and discriminatory laws being passed,” Tzvi Waldman, founder of NYS Jewish Gun Club, says. “The legislative process was created to ensure that laws are sensible. Avoiding it for the sake of grandstanding creates vague laws that are hard to understand and impossible to abide by.”

    “We trust that the Court will quickly strike down this discriminatory and unconstitutional law that specifically targets religious observance, restoring the rights of the New Yorkers who seek to enjoy the most basic freedoms enrished in our Bill of Rights and recognized by the Supreme Court of the United States.”

     



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