NYC mayor calls SCOTUS decision loosening gun laws ‘appalling’

After the Supreme Court struck down a New York gun law, making it easier for citizens to legally carry a concealed handgun, New York Mayor Eric Adams condemned the ruling and urged elected officials to fight back against the decision.

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ERIC ADAMS: We will work together to limit the risk this decision will create once it is implemented. And we cannot allow New York to become the Wild Wild West. That is unacceptable this decision has created.

We will not allow our city to live in fear that everyone around us is armed and that any altercation could evolve into a shootout. We'll not allow the men and women of the police department to be subjected to further danger, making their already difficult jobs even more harrowing. And let me say this again-- we will do everything in our power using every legal resource available to ensure the gains we've seen during this administration are not undone, and that New Yorkers are not put in greater danger of gun violence.

There is no place in the nation that this decision affects as much as New York City. There is no place in the nation that is going to be impacted based on this decision more than New York City. There's no place in the nation that the decision affects as much as New Yorkers.

And we are prepared to set an example that will lead the country of how do we fight back on this decision. Today's Supreme Court decision may have opened an additional river that is going to feed the sea of gun violence in our city and in our nation. Now is the time for every elected official who cares about the safety of all Americans to come together and respond thoroughly and comprehensively to this appalling decision. Our work begins now to start saving New Yorkers and Americans.