Supreme Court gun decision: NYPD commissioner warns 'nothing changes today'

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New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell issued a warning that Thursday’s Supreme Court ruling delivering gun owners a major Second Amendment win has nothing to do with criminals illegally carrying guns.

Leader of the largest police department in the country, Sewell said that the case has been remanded to the lower court, so "it’s important to know today that nothing changes."

"If you have a premise permit, it does not automatically convert to a carry permit," she said. "If you carry a gun illegally in New York City, you will be arrested. Nothing changes today."

"When we open the universe of carry permits, it potentially brings more guns to the city of New York, to the streets of New York City, and that should concern us all," Sewell added.

Despite the Supreme Court ruling applying to private citizens applying for concealed carry permits because they want to protect themselves, Adams earlier in the press conference said the decision has and will continue to keep him up at night and "will put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence."

The mayor also claimed in a statement that such a ruling could allow New York to become "the Wild West."

New York has some of the strictest gun control laws in the country, and despite this, has seen surging crime ushered in since the height of the defund police movement. Republicans have blamed surging crime on lax prosecution by liberal district attorneys and the state’s controversial cashless bail law.

Earlier this year, when two NYPD officers were shot and killed while responding to a domestic incident, Adams met with President Biden and launched initiatives to tackle the illegal trafficking of guns.

"We have been preparing for this decision and will continue to do everything possible to work with our federal, state, and local partners to protect our city. Those efforts will include a comprehensive review of our approach to defining ‘sensitive locations’ where carrying a gun is banned, and reviewing our application process to ensure that only those who ... (Read more)