Attorney General Schneiderman and Two Large Gun Show Operators Agree to New Guidelines to Promote Public Safety

A prior investigation by NY’s Attorney General exposed how gun sales taking place ‘off the books’ posed a grave risk to public safety by making it easy for illegal guns to fall into the wrong hands. The Attorney General recently forged an agreement with two major gun show operators in New York State. The agreement established improved business practices at gun shows, including requiring background checks for all gun sales.

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New York’s Concealed Carry Permitting Procedures are Unanimously Upheld in Federal Court

In a unanimous decision in the case of Kachalsky v. Cacace, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit rejected a constitutional challenge to New York’s handgun licensing statute, ruling that the law’s licensing requirement of “proper cause” to carry concealed handguns in public does not violate the Constitution’s Second Amendment.

The plaintiffs argued that New York’s “proper cause” provision governing the issuance of licenses to carry concealed handguns in public violates their rights under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution as defined in two recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court, District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. City of Chicago. The “proper cause” provision requires a license applicant to show “a special need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general community or of persons engaged in the same profession.”

In its decision, the Court held the “proper cause” requirement is valid because it is substantially related to New York’s strong interest in public safety and crime prevention.

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