Authorities and residents of New York State and City, among the toughest in the United States on guns, denounced the Supreme Court's “outrageous” ruling which enshrines the right of Americans to leave their homes armed.
The nation's highest court has struck down gun-carrying 'restrictions' under a New York state law, even as America faces a spike in crime in big cities and several mass killings, including two in May in Buffalo (ten African-Americans killed) and in a school in Texas (21 killed, including 19 children).
It is “outrageous, absolutely outrageous that they took away our rights to enjoy sensible restrictions” on guns, New York State Chief Executive Kathy Hochul told reporters. p> Kathy Hochul
“I am sorry that this dark day has come,” added the Democratic governor.
For his part, the mayor of New York Eric Adams , a megalopolis of nine million souls, a cultural mosaic with deep economic inequalities, said it feared that the Supreme Court's judgment would fuel “a wave of gun violence”.
“We will cooperate to stem the risks created by this decision once implemented, because we cannot let New York turn into the Wild West,” said the Democratic city councilor, a former police officer who fought against gun violence the backbone of his tenure.
“We can have limits on freedom of expression (…) but there are none in the Second Amendment” of the Constitution, still castigated Ms. Hochul in allusion to the provision which protects in the United States since the right to own a firearm for more than 200 years.
The governor of a state of 20 million inhabitants then attacked the six conservative justices of the Supreme Court in Washington on Twitter accusing them of having acted in a “reckless” manner. She promised to “protect New Yorkers from gun violence.”
Her fellow New York State Justice, hard-working Attorney General Letitia James, called the Supreme Court's ruling “incredibly disappointing” and pledged to “defend the constitutionality of state laws.”
New York law only allows the sale and carrying of firearms outside the home if there is evidence that the user intends to do so. serve only to protect and defend themselves.
Several Manhattan residents, interviewed by AFP but who refused to give their surnames, criticized the Supreme Court's decision. Like Mohammed, a 38-year-old Kuwaiti artist, including 20 years in New York, who finds the stop “awful” and says his fear for “his children at school”.
Christy, 32, an African-American vigilante, also “disagrees” because he thinks “crime will increase in the area” of offices in midtown Manhattan, particularly due to “unstable people psychologically”.
Only Sam, a 75-year-old white man, thinks that “it's a good idea, self-defense, because when someone knows you are carrying a weapon, they behave cautiously