Supreme Court Decision Upholds Concealed Carry Improvement Act’s Background Checks

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(WNY News Now) – New York Governor Kathy Hochul lauded Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision today, upholding the state’s stringent gun safety laws and background check provisions.

Washington D.C. – Governor Kathy Hochul expressed her support for Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s recent order, which rebuffed attempts to block New York’s robust gun safety laws. These measures, including stronger background checks for firearms and ammunition, were introduced as part of the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, a response to the Supreme Court’s rollback of longstanding gun safety regulations.

Governor Hochul issued the following statement, “Earlier today, Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order rejecting the latest attempt to halt New York’s nation-leading gun safety laws taking effect tomorrow and to block a related law that has been in effect since December 2022. The Concealed Carry Improvement Act passed last year after I convened a special session of the Legislature to address the Supreme Court’s reckless overturning of gun safety regulations that had kept New York safe for more than a century. This new order from Justice Sotomayor will ensure that the legislation’s provisions related to stronger background checks for guns and ammunition, set to take effect on September 13, will continue to move full speed ahead, and the law requiring periodic onsite inspections of firearms dealers remains intact. Public safety is my top priority, and I’m committed to doing everything in my power to keep New Yorkers safe.”

Beginning on September 13, under the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) New York State Police will assume responsibility for conducting background checks on individuals seeking to purchase firearms and ammunition within the state. New Yorkers will be charged a fee to complete the background check-$9 for guns and $2.50 for ammunition. This charge will be imposed every time someone wants to purchase a gun or ammunition in the State.

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