The U.S. Supreme Court on today declined to hear a challenge to New York’s gun law that requires “proper cause” to carry a concealed handgun in public.
The court did not comment on why it rejected the case, which was brought against Westchester County. The plaintiffs included the Second Amendment Foundation, and the lawsuit drew support from 20 states and the National Rifle Association, the Associated Press reported.
The plaintiffs sought injunctive relief from a state law that bars New York handgun licensing officials from issuing licenses without “proper cause.”
In a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling in 2012, the judges upheld the law.
“Because the proper cause requirement is substantially related to New York’s compelling interests in public safety and crime prevention, we affirm,” the August 2012 ruling said.
Gun-rights groups are suing the state over the January law, which enacted a stronger assault-weapons ban, limits the number of bullets in a magazine to seven and require more reporting of gun ownership.
Some provisions of the law took effect today.