NEW YORK (PIX11) — The Supreme Court’s move to strike down a restrictive New York gun law is a “major concern,” Mayor Eric Adams said Thursday, even as he urged calm as the decision is analyzed.
Speaking in a City Hall press briefing, an audibly emotional Adams said that “the decision ignores this shocking crisis of gun violence … engulfing not only New York but engulfing our entire country.” The mayor, however, stressed repeatedly that “nothing changes today.”
Adams said that top city officials are reviewing the Supreme Court’s decision, and that the reality on the ground will remain the same pending further legal wrangling and analysis. Nevertheless, the mayor acknowledged the potential impacts of a decision expected to put more firearms on the streets of major cities across the U.S.
“While we’re still analyzing the decision, we can say with certainty that this decision has made every single one of us less safe from gun violence,” he said.
In a 6-3 decision, the justices rejected an Empire State law requiring that people seeking gun permits demonstrate a particular need to carry a firearm.
Adams, a former NYPD captain, earlier this month called on Congress to enact more restrictive gun laws in an effort to reduce mass shootings.