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Monica Garcia, press@standupamerica.com

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Supreme Court Strikes Down New York Gun Safety Law, Weakening Every State's Ability to Enact Gun Safety Measures

WASHINGTON -
Today, the Supreme Court struck down New York’s long-standing law requiring residents to show proper cause to obtain a license to carry a concealed weapon, and in doing so threatened gun safety laws in all 50 states and lawmakers’ ability to pass future gun safety laws.
 
Stand Up America’s Executive Director, Christina Harvey, released the following statement responding to today’s decision: 

“Today, the Supreme Court made it clear that it cares more about protecting the interests of the gun lobby than American lives. This isn’t by accident; the lawmakers who confirmed the Court’s ultraconservative supermajority were bought and paid for by the NRA. This decision achieves one of their ultimate goals: bringing more guns into public spaces with no consideration for human life.

“In the wake of multiple mass shootings—including a white supremacist murdering shoppers at a Buffalo, New York grocery store, and 19 schoolchildren killed in Uvalde, Texas—it’s clear that we need more gun safety laws, not fewer. In fact, contrary to the opinions of the Supreme Court’s ultraconservative majority, most Americans believe gun safety laws should be stronger, not weaker. 

“The gun violence epidemic in America threatens all of us—but it disproportionately endangers and kills Black, brown, and low-income Americans. To Donald Trump’s wing of the Supreme Court, these lives are simply collateral damage. 

“Americans are still reeling from the recent tragic events in New York and Texas, and they deserve a Court that puts their safety above gunmakers’ profits. Congress must pass the Judiciary Act of 2021 to restore ideological balance to the Court and add justices who will prioritize protecting our communities.”

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Stand Up America is a progressive advocacy organization with over two million community members across the country. Focused on grassroots advocacy to strengthen our democracy and oppose Trump’s corrupt agenda, Stand Up America has driven over 600,000 phone calls to Congress and mobilized tens of thousands of protestors across the country.

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