New York Gun Law Considered by U.S. Supreme Court on This Week’s State of Greater Western New York Report – June 17, 2021

You may be familiar with the controversial New York SAFE Act. Quickly passed in response to the outcry following the Sandy Hook mass murder, this law almost as quickly became a poster child for many things. Even local County Sheriffs refused to enforce the law, which instantly made many law-abiding citizens criminals. In the first segment of today’s show, Duane J. Whitmer, Chairman of the Erie County Libertarian Party, explains how a law that pre-dates the SAFE Act. Still, that law inspired the case that would eventually make its way to the nation’s highest chamber. Whitmer relays how and why people reacted the way they did to the SAFE Act, and how that opened the opportunity for this potential landmark case.

In the second half of the show, lawyer James Ostrowski goes over how the case against the State’s gun registration process was ripe for challenge, exactly what it means to the average citizen, and how it ended up being considered by the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. More importantly, he states how a Supreme Court review would alter the meaning of the second amendment. He also reveals who would argue against his cases should it make it to the docket next year.

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