Gun Owners Sue New York State Over New Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA)


ALBANY, NEW YORK -( Gun Owner of America (GOA), Gun Owners Foundation (GOA’s nonprofit), and Ukrainian immigrant Ivan Atonyu have filed suit over the new firearms restrictions passed by New York State after the New York State Pistol Rifle Association v. Bruen Supreme Court Decision.

In the Bruen decision, the court struck down New York State’s “proper cause” clause in its concealed carry law. Under the old “Sullivan” law, the state could decide who could and couldn’t carry a firearm outside the home.

The law was passed in 1913 by the Irish to prevent newly arriving Italians from carrying guns.

In a 6-3 opinion written by Justice Clarence Thomas, SCOTUS ruled the law was unconstitutional, and Americans have the right to carry a firearm outside the home for self-defense.

Notorious anti-gun New York Governor Kathy Hochul called an emergency session of the New York Legislature to pass a slew of anti-gun bills known as the “Concealed Carry Improvement Act” (CCIA) to try to negate the Supreme Court’s decision even though the Justices explicitly warned the state NOT to do that in the opinion. The new laws made New York even more restricted than before the court handed down the Bruen decision.

The Justices said guns could be banned in certain “sensitive places” such as schools or government buildings but said just because people gather in certain areas, that could not be used to deem a place “sensitive.” The legislature ignored that part of the ruling. It declared Time Square, sidewalks with permitted events, any private business that doesn’t post a gun allowed sign, anywhere there is alcohol served, and many other places as “sensitive,” including areas surrounding the new sensitive areas.

These new laws eliminated almost all locations where a citizen could carry in the state.

Gun Owners of America contends that by expanding “sensitive places” to such a vast number of locations, New York State is violating the Second Amendment under the Bruen decision. The gun-rights group claims that this move is blatantly unconstitutional and violates the Second Amendment rights of its membership base.

GOA also contends that New York State replaced “proper cause” with “good moral character.” Anyone that wants to carry a gun will have to turn over all social media posts and give four-character references to the state. The state will be the sole arbiter if someone is of “good moral character.” The gun-rights group claims this violates not only the Second Amendment but also the First Amendment because it infringes on the free speech and the free expression of the gun owner who wants a permit.

Any social media post could be used to disqualify a gun owner from carrying a gun in public.

A meme shared on a private Facebook page could disqualify a gun owner from being able to carry a firearm outside their home. Gun Owners of America consider this to be draconian and stifling to the rights of gun owners.

The lawsuit also highlights that law enforcement opposes the laws. The Governor is demanding law enforcement enforce the anti-gun laws. The New York Sheriff’s Association has released statements objecting to the law, which it sees as unenforceable to unconstitutional under Bruen.

This suit is the Second Lawsuit by Gun Owners of America in a week. The first is challenging the new rule surrounding the ATF’s attempt to redefine a firearm. Neither the ATF nor New York State has responded in either case.

Ivan Antonyuk, Gun Owners Of America .v York State Police

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As we have seen the powers to be in these state are more then willing to try and circumvent a court ruling by this tactic.

If the court says to cannot do it by B we well call it C then D even through it is the same thing.

Then we well litigate it for another 10 years.

All the time violating their citizens their rights..


Boards of election should enquire of prospective office holders of their social media history and personal as well as criminal backgrounds. How would that hold up before SCOTUS?


UnIess “suing” is done by Iead, it won’t stick. The reason that we don’t answer to King Geeorge is because we handed his rear end to him and his Iobster-backs.

Henry Bowman

Yep! We need to pull a page from the Founders’ playbook!


And the law was passed unconstitutionaly according to New York state constitution.


I find it disturbing that the elected make laws without the people’s consent. Residents are not given a chance to vote for there own freedoms within their state and local municipality. The elected who have named themselves lawmakers need there abusive wings clipped If this could be overcome the elected would have to get new laws enacted only after the people weighed in by a vote. Most of these one sided radical laws would become a thing of the past. It would become common knowledge to the voting public that the elected and their agenda served only themselves and a… Read more »

Wild Bill

Hmmm, actually, we the voters empowered our representatives to make laws by electing them.


NOT TRUE! I vote for people who took an OATH-of-OFFICE which comes with a BOND that THAT PERSON will DEFEND Our American Constitution against all ENEMYS, BOTH Foreign AND Domestic. MOST “politicians”, after they have gotten in, have RENEGGED on their OATH and should be FIRED/EXPELLED with PREJUDICE and have NO “retirement benefits” of any kind!

Wild Bill

John said, “I find it disturbing that the elected make laws without the people’s consent.”
In our political system our representatives get consent to make laws by our electing them. I did not say anything about allegiance, bonding, betrayal, or misuse of public office, which, as you correctly point out, do exist.


When government fears the people, there is liberty. Sounds like the New York government needs a wake up call.


would love to see scotus hold a contempt hearing and JAIL Indefinitely govenor and ag of new york until state is in compliance ….they will die in prison as all the police would need to be jailed too


These new laws will be found unconstitutional in about 110 years.


Thank God for Gun Owners of America. Where the hell is the nra?


NEW YORK – Today, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), the Republican Party and Conservative Party designee for Governor issued the following statement on the United States Supreme Court striking down New York State’s Concealed Carry Law: “Today, the United States Supreme Court ruled in defense of the Constitutional rights of law-abiding New Yorkers who have been under attack for far too long. I was proud to sign on to the amicus brief in support of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association’s case and in defense of these law abiding New Yorkers. While Kathy Hochul, the former A-rated NRA Member of… Read more »

Ansel Hazen

If the gun industry as whole would form a unified front in denying the government access to guns and ammo, shut them off cold turkey, we might just get their attention.