Citizens Punch Back Against NY’s Ammo Background Checks

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Men in suits wearing red and blue boxing gloves.

The New York State Firearms Association, along with three plaintiffs, filed a lawsuit on September 13 against Steven Nigrelli, Acting Superintendent of the New York State Police, over the State’s new requirement for ammo background checks.

As we reported recently, the ammo background checks stem from the so-called Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), signed by Governor Kathy Hochul last July.

The lawsuit focuses chiefly on the chilling effect of the administrative fees that New York mandates for each ammunition transaction. It cites the Bruen decision last year in making this argument.

The Constitution presumptively protects the possession of ammunition just as strongly as it protects the right to bear firearms, and the State cannot “justify [this] regulation by demonstrating that it is consistent with the Nation’s historical tradition of firearm regulation.”

The lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of New York.

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