Another Day, Another Court Decision Against New York Gun Control


United States District Court Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. granted a temporary injunction against a New York gun control barring the licensed carry of a concealed weapon on private property.

Sinatra’s decision marks at least the third decision against New York gun control in the past two months. Breitbart News reported on the first decision October 6, 2022, when U.S. District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order against portions of New York’s newest gun controls, including the requirement that concealed carry permit applicants have their social media scoured.

Breitbart News noted the second decision against New York gun control on October 21, 2022, when District Judge John L. Sinatra Jr. issued a temporary restraining order blocking New York’s prohibition against concealed carry in places of worship.

And now this third decision, issued November 22, 2022, also by Sinatra, comes in a suit filed by the Second Amendment Foundation and the Firearms Policy Coalition on behalf of Brett Christian, a private citizen.

The three decisions have each struck at a different aspect of a larger body of gun controls signed by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) in reaction to the Supreme Court of the United States’ June 23, 2022, decision in NYSRPA v. Bruen. That decision struck down New York’s proper cause requirement for concealed carry permit issuance.

President Joe Biden is greeted by New York Gov. Kathy Hochul as he arrives at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, NY, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Democrat lawmakers in New York responded to Bruen by passing more gun controls and restrictions, including a requirement that concealed carry permit applicants have their social media accounts scoured and an outright ban on concealed carry in places of worship.

The gun controls also included the prohibition against carrying on private property.

Judge Sinatra indicated that private property owners do indeed have the right to forbid concealed carry on their premises should they so choose, but the state does not have the ability to exercise that right for them.

Second Amendment Foundation executive director Alan Gottlieb commented on the ruling, saying, “New York’s efforts to dance around the Supreme Court’s Bruen decision have become a painful exercise in legal acrobatics, which it seems obvious the courts can see through. This case illustrates the ridiculous lengths to which lawmakers in Albany have tried to go in their efforts to get around the letter and spirit of the high court ruling.”

The case is Christian v. Nigrelli, No. 122-cv-00695 in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

AWR Hawkins is an award-winning Second Amendment columnist for Breitbart News and the writer/curator of Down Range with AWR Hawkinsa weekly newsletter focused on all things Second Amendment, also for Breitbart News. He is the political analyst for Armed American Radio and a Turning Point USA Ambassador. AWR Hawkins holds a PhD in Military History with a focus on the Vietnam War (brown water navy), U.S. Navy since Inception, the Civil War, and Early Modern Europe. Follow him on Instagram: @awr_hawkins. You can sign up to get Down Range at Reach him directly at [email protected].

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