The U.S. Supreme Court decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen to strike down New York’s so-called “may issue” concealed carry permitting scheme is kind of a big deal.
The biggest (and really only) gun rights case to be heard by the high court since 2010, the basics of the matter is that it erases the requirement that those looking for a concealed carry permit in the Empire State meet a “good cause” test given by the agency. With a lot of corruption around such sketchy tests, it seemed only the very wealthy and well-connected could get a permit in Gotham with the NYPD’s gun license division described by some as an outright “bribery machine.”
Well, the machine is slated to be dismantled a bit as the state legislature in Albany is set to convene a special session at the end of the month to remove the “good cause” test in compliance with the court’s order. Similar “may issue” requirements in places like California and New Jersey also have their days numbered with Bruen as a precedent.
In related news, with the prospect that millions of folks who wanted to legally carry but didn’t have enough juice to obtain a permit may be in the market for a concealed handgun soon, shares of Smith & Wesson went bonkers.