Judge Strikes Down NY’s Ban On Guns In Churches

  • A federal judge on Thursday struck down a New York law banning concealed carry weapons in churches.
  • Judge John Sinatra of the Western District of New York found that the state’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) is unconstitutional because it violates worshipers’ gun rights and hinders the free exercise of religious beliefs, according to the preliminary injunction.
  • That is third ruling to find that the law is unconstitutional.
  • “Ample Supreme Court precedent addressing the individual’s freedoms under the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution dictate that New York’s new place of worship exclusion is unconstitutional,” Sinatra wrote.
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