A federal judge has blocked a provision of New York’s new gun law that prohibits the carrying of firearms in places of worship from taking effect in parts of the state.
U.S. District Judge John Sinatra Jr. sided with two Buffalo-area clerics and gun rights organizations that had sued and sought a stay of enforcement until until the judge decides the case on the merits.
The preliminary injunction issued Thursday evening extends a temporary suspension ordered by Sinatra last month. The stop-enforcement order applies directly to Erie and Niagara county prosecutors and state police, who are charged in the lawsuit.
“(L)the nation’s history does not authorize such an incursion into the right to keep and bear arms in all places of worship across the state,” Sinatra wrote.
New York lawmakers rewrote state gun laws this summer after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the state’s old system of granting carry licenses of handguns outside the house. Among the provisions of the new law was a ban on firearms in places of worship and other places deemed “sensitive”.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general said they are considering their options.
New York is facing multiple federal challenges to its new gun law.
In a separate lawsuit, the state is appealing a federal judge’s order to suspend several of the state’s new licensing rules for carrying handguns in public. This judge’s order is stayed on appeal.