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Officials in New York are reacting to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on gun laws

Written by Javed Iqbal

“It is scandalous,” she said on Twitter, “that in a moment of national bill on gun violence, the Supreme Court has ruthlessly struck down a New York law restricting those who can carry concealed weapons.”

The state “is carefully reviewing our options – including convening a special session of the legislature,” the governor said, promising to “keep New Yorkers safe from gun violence.”

The decision, in a case brought by an NRA-backed group and two people, could potentially allow more weapons to be carried in public. Critics say the ruling will undermine sensible solutions that they believe could curb gun violence.

“Simply put, this Supreme Court ruling will put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said in his own statement.

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But the city will continue to do anything possible, Adams said, including conducting a “comprehensive review of our approach to defining ‘sensitive locations’ where carrying a gun is prohibited, and reviewing our application process to ensure that only those who are fully qualified can obtain a driving license. “

“We will work together to reduce the risks this decision will create once it is implemented,” the mayor said, “as we can not allow New York to become the Wild West.”

The law in question regulated permits to carry concealed handguns in public for self-defense and required a resident to obtain a permit to carry a concealed handgun or revolver, demonstrating that there is “real cause” for the permit. But the Supreme Court, by a 6-3 majority, struck down the law in a ruling issued as the United States continues to fight gun violence and mass shootings.

Officials across the state of New York has anticipated the verdictconcerned that it could make access to weapons easier and gun crime more common.

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg criticized the decision in a statement, saying it “seriously undermines public safety not only in New York City but around the country.”

But Bragg said he was “committed to doing everything in my power to fight for the security that everyone in this city deserves.”

New York leaders worry that a Supreme Court ruling overturning the state's arms restrictions will lead to a jump in gun crime

“New York still has some of the toughest gun laws in the country in the books,” Bragg said, “and we will continue to use those statutes to hold those who commit gun violence accountable.”

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez also condemned the ruling of the country’s highest court and called it a “nightmare for public safety.”

“New York’s strong gun laws have saved lives for more than a century, and the Supreme Court’s decision to open the door for millions of New Yorkers to carry a concealed weapon is a nightmare for public safety,” he said. “The evidence is overwhelming that states with compliant gun laws see much higher rates of gun deaths – from accidents to suicide, domestic incidents to street crime.”

CNN’s Peter Nickeas and Mark Morales contributed to this report.

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