Southern California Democrats condemn SCOTUS decision to strike down NYC concealed carry gun law

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Southern California Democrats on Thursday condemned a U.S. Supreme Court decision striking down a New York law that restricts concealed weapons licensing.

Local legislatures are calling it an attack on public safety, while gun rights groups hailed it as a “landmark” move in favor of gun rights. Governor Gavin Newsom called the 6-3 decision a “dark day in America.”

Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, also said the decision would make communities “less safe.”

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“At the same time that the Senate is proposing bipartisan legislation to address the gun violence crisis in the United States, the far-right majority on the Supreme Court has chosen to exacerbate it,” said Padilla, a former Los Angeles City Council member and state senator. said in a statement.

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer said the decision would endanger public safety.

“As mass shootings and daily incidents of gun violence devastate families across our nation, today’s Supreme Court’s reckless decision will make all Americans less safe — and that includes Angelenos,” said Feuer in a statement.

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“Allowing more guns in public places is a recipe for tragedy and a nightmare for law enforcement working to protect our families. In the wake of this dangerous decision, we will do whatever it takes to is in our power to protect vital California and Los Angeles laws that have prevented countless acts of gun violence.”

“This dangerous decision misinterprets the Constitution and undermines gun safety laws in a number of states, including California, which has some of the most effective gun safety measures in the nation.”

The group Gun Owners of California called the decision “incredible”, saying that “the text, the story and the tradition of the foundation are the new normal”.

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National Rifle Association CEO and executive vice president Wayne LaPierre welcomed the decision.

“Today’s decision is a decisive victory for good men and women across America and is the result of a decades-long fight by the NRA,” he said in a statement. “The right to self-defense and defense of your family and loved ones should not end at your home.”

The ruling focused on New York law’s requirement for people to show a “special need” to carry a concealed weapon, beyond a mere desire for self-defense. California has a similar restriction that will likely be overturned by the ruling.

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