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Buffalo mayor calls Supreme Firearms Court ruling ‘disappointing’ and ‘dark day’

The Supreme Court’s decision on Thursday striking down a New York state law restricting the right to carry a concealed handgun in public is drawing criticism from many state residents, including Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown.

“It’s a disappointment and a dark day for sensible gun reform in this country,” Brown told ABC News’ Linsey Davis during an interview for ABC News Live Prime.

The move comes weeks after 10 African Americans were gunned down May 14 in a racially motivated mass shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, New York, and after numerous other mass shootings around the country. Brown added that the decision would only escalate gun violence in the country and pose another hurdle for law enforcement.

“I see a concern for law enforcement. They won’t know who is legally allowed to carry a gun if there are more guns carried concealed in the city of Buffalo, and in New York State and other communities across the country. It will make the job of law enforcement much more difficult,” Brown said.

Representative Elise Stefanik attends a press briefing at the US Capitol in Washington, June 29, 2021.

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While Brown criticizes the decision, other New York lawmakers praise the decision.

“Today’s Supreme Court ruling affirms the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens to own and bear arms and rightly declares New York’s shameful attempt to shred Second Amendment rights on New- Yorkers unconstitutional,” New York Congresswoman Elise Stefanik said in a statement shortly after the decision was made. announcement.

Brown called his statement “absolutely false.”

“Far too many innocent Americans lose their lives to gun violence. We don’t want to deprive responsible gun owners of their rights. We certainly don’t want to violate the Second Amendment, but it makes sense that there have sensible gun reform that does not infringe on the rights of responsible gun owners and at the same time protects innocent average Americans from unnecessary gun violence,” he said.

Buffalo mayor calls Supreme Firearms Court ruling ‘disappointing’ and ‘dark day’

Gun control supporters hold signs in front of gun rights supporters during a protest by victims of gun violence outside the Supreme Court as arguments begin in a major gun rights case fire in Washington, November 3, 2021.

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The move also follows what could be the passage of landmark bipartisan gun reform legislation in Congress, winning the support of 15 Senate Republicans, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“The timing of this decision is very difficult, especially when you have a bipartisan group of U.S. senators who have advanced sensible gun reform after years of inaction in Congress,” Brown said.

Legislation pressed after several mass shootings, the most recent in Uvalde, Texas, would be the first time in nearly 30 years that Congress has acted on gun reform.

“It took tragedies like the mass shooting, the act of domestic terror that took place in Buffalo on May 14, and other mass shootings since then to finally get Congress to take action – and the day we’re seeing new moves in Congress on sensible gun reform, this ruling is coming from the United States Supreme Court. It’s a disappointment,” Brown said.

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