Albany, NY, June 28, 2010 — A ruling today by the nation’s highest court makes it clear that New York State gun laws are unconstitutional, according to New York Governor candidate Warren Redlich.
In McDonald v. Chicago, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Chicago's ban on handguns is unconstitutional. In doing so, it ruled that the 2nd amendment does in fact apply to the states.
“This landmark ruling will require New York State to take immediate action to amend its gun laws so they do not violate the constitution,” said Redlich. “It is a striking victory for gun owners and for anyone who believes in the fundamental rights the constitution provides.”
Redlich, a gun rights attorney in Albany, cited the case of New York Giant wide receiver Plaxico Burress. Burress was a New Jersey resident convicted under New York's gun laws. “Given that New York State makes it impossible for an out-of-state resident to get a gun license, Burress’s conviction should be overturned." As Governor, Redlich indicated he would pardon Burress and would issue an executive order directing police not to make unconstitutional gun arrests.
Redlich said there still are circumstances when a state may prevent gun ownership — such as in the case of felons, but some of the sweeping bans found in New York law can no longer be upheld.
Warren Redlich is a Republican and is the Libertarian Party nominee for Governor. Learn more at the Warren Redlich for Governor website.