RALEIGH (June 23, 2022) – Despite the epidemic of gun violence in the United States and growing public demand for lawmakers to take action to curb gun violence, the United States Supreme Court today struck down a New York law allowing discretion in granting permits for concealed carry of a handgun. While the ruling does not immediately affect North Carolina law, and a concurring opinion significantly limits the reach of this opinion, the Court’s decision is deeply historically flawed, staggeringly tone-deaf, and will sadly only lead to more violence in this country.

We condemn the ruling in the case, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, Inc. v. Bruen, which will have profound implications on efforts to enact meaningful gun legislation that could prevent the daily occurrences of mass shootings in the United States.

We are neither safer nor freer because of this ruling.