By Ilana Siyance
On Sunday, NYPD Police Commissioner Dermot Shea warned that the gun case being mulled by the U.S. Supreme Court has the potential to “open the floodgates” of more violence in New York City. Should the pivotal case decide to overturn the 1913 law restricting the carrying of concealed weapons in public, it would be detrimental to public safety, he said.
As reported by the NY Post, last week the country’s highest court had signaled that it may side with gun advocates who use the second amendment to argue for the dismantling of New York’s restrictive gun permit laws. New York State Rifle & Pistol Association and two private citizens, Robert Nash and Brandon Koch, have challenged the law calling it too restrictive, with aspirations of modifying the law to grant the right to legally carry concealed weapons in New York without proving special need.
“What is being argued is that any attempt to regulate by our license division in New York City should be struck down,” Shea told host John Catsimatidis on WABC radio’s ‘The Cats Roundtable’. “That would really open the floodgates in terms of people being able to carry guns across the city.” The top cop added that it’s hard enough now with the bail reform law, “Gun violence is something that certainly has hit us in the last two years –and not just New York but across the country — and we would argue the last thing we need is the infusion of additional guns into the streets of New York City.”
As per the HuffPost, the court is seated with a 6-3 conservative majority, which is positioned to potentially side with the gun advocates. Such a victory could lead to lowered restrictions on guns in subways, airports, bars, churches, schools and public spaces in NY and trickle to other large cities. Previously, in 2008 and 2010, courts decided to establish a nationwide right to keep a gun at home for self-defense. Now, the question at stake is whether they can carry their guns out in the public for self-defense.
“Even well-meaning people who may wish to carry guns — we see guns stolen and heated arguments escalate in a hurry — and from our viewpoint, we would love for it to be the NYPD and law enforcement to be the ones carrying the guns”, said Shea. “Let us deal with the criminals illegally carrying guns on the street, which is a tough enough job as it is these days, and not infuse extra guns on the streets of literally every neighborhood.”