FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2022
“Today’s Supreme Court decision overturning New York’s requirements for issuing a concealed carry permit puts the rights of those who want to carry a concealed firearm in public places squarely at odds with public safety concerns, and it jeopardizes law enforcement efforts to fight gun violence. We believe local jurisdictions should determine firearm licensing requirements tailored to their own unique public safety needs.
“This ruling not only affects New Yorkers, but other states with similar laws as well, which puts millions of American lives at risk. It is a step back for local jurisdictions, just as this country grapples with endemic gun violence. This inopportune moment to invalidate New York’s concealed carry law is harmful, especially bearing in mind the wave of mass shootings in Buffalo, New York, and Uvalde, Texas.
“Making it easier for more people to carry firearms in public places runs counter to sensible efforts aimed at reducing gun violence. More concealed firearms will inevitably lead to more gunfire. Nevertheless, while we are disheartened by this ruling, we remain steadfast in our efforts to address gun violence and we continue working with legislators to advance laws that will keep Americans safe.”
PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 60 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.