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NY Gov. Kathy Hochul Goes Mask-Off On Gun Rights



PUT IT BACK ON. (Image courtesy NSSF. Snarky caption courtesy Mo Rockwell.)

Dear Governor Hochul: Your Freudian slip is showing.

As alert GGD readers already know, the unelected New York governor Kathy Hochul’s mask of sanity has finally slipped. Seems the news that the Supreme Court’s recent Bruen decision–which very specifically struck down New York’s “may issue” carry laws–has erased the final remnants of what Hochul has the nerve to call her mind. That’s because, in order to continue believing what she desperately wants to believe about gun rights, she has to carefully ignore the Constitution, the will of the people of New York, and reality itself. Governor Hochul doesn’t believe in the facts, but she’s about to learn something very important: The facts don’t need her to believe them in order to be true.

For the facts that Hochul is going to keep ignoring until she is forced to stop by her electorate, we’re turning it over to our friend Larry Keane with the NSSF … take it away, Larry!



By Larry Keane

It only took 30 seconds, that’s all. New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul held a press conference calling back her state’s legislature for an “extraordinary” session to pass more gun control after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York’s restrictive and subjective “may issue” pistol permit license scheme.

In 30 seconds, she vocalized why her gun control agenda is destined to fail.

Failed Approach

Gov. Hochul exclaimed, “I’m absolutely shocked,” after the Supreme Court held in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that the Second Amendment protects the right of law-abiding Americans to carry a firearm in public for self-protection. She shouldn’t be. It only takes a simple reading of the actual amendment.

She called her state’s Democratically-controlled legislature back to Albany to restrict where licensed conceal carry permit holders can lawfully carry their firearms. The new laws include even more restrictive provisions like background checks and a state database for ammunition purchases, increased training requirements to obtain the permit, a mandatory sit-down, in-person interview and even requiring applicants to submit social media accounts for content review.

“Do you have the numbers to show that it’s the concealed carry permit holders that are committing crimes? The lawful gun owner will say you’re attacking the wrong person,” asked Albany-based CBS 6 News anchor Anne McCloy. “It’s really people that are getting these guns illegally that are causing the violence, not the people that are going to get the permit legally and that’s the basis for the whole Supreme Court argument. Do you have the numbers?”

“I don’t need to have numbers,” the governor shot back. “I don’t have to have a data point to point to to say this is going to matter.”

That’s what is called “the tell.”  These laws aren’t aimed at stopping criminals. They’re designed to rob law-abiding citizens of their rights.

What’s The Data Say?

Some estimates suggest New York has more than 200,000 conceal carry permit holders. For the entire United States, it’s over 21.5 million. These are law-abiding gun owners that meet state requirements and were approved after an FBI National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) verification. New York is one of the states with the most stringent conceal carry requirements.

The actual data shows concealed carry permit holders are among the most law-abiding people in America. The Heritage Foundation’s 2019 data says, “… concealed-carry permit holders accounted for 801 firearm-related homicides over a 15-year span, which amounts to roughly 0.7% of all firearm-related homicides during that time.”

A Fox News report paints a picture Gov. Hochul would rather ignore. According to the FBI, Census Bureau and Rand Corporation data, states with lower rates of gun ownership and more restrictive gun control – like New York – have more firearm murders per 100,000 residents as a percentage of gun-owning population than states with high gun owner rates.

New York ranks fifth, with just 19.9 percent of households saying they possess a firearm and 1.53 firearm homicides per 100,000 residents. The Violence Policy Center attempted to “fact check” a claim about concealed carry holders committing fewer crimes but ended up “revealing” there were 37 firearm incidents (not specifically intentional homicide) involving concealed carry permit holders between May 2007 and May 2022. That’s less than 2.5 per year in the entire country.

Crime rates, especially in New York City, continue to climb.

Gov. Hochul and Albany Democrats praised themselves for their “fast work” to jam through more restrictions on law-abiding New Yorkers. The policies won’t stop criminals from perpetrating their crimes. It will, however, turn law-abiding New Yorkers into criminals overnight when enacted in a few months.

Gov. Hochul isn’t to be bothered with facts.  She’s doesn’t need the data or the science. She doesn’t even need to focus laws on holding criminals accountable. When it comes to gun rights, Gov. Hochul needs only the echo chamber of New York’s legislature to nod in agreement as they strip New Yorkers of their rights.



  1. Kevin M.

    August 1, 2022 at 3:03 pm

    I’m no attorney, but hochul isn’t an ELECTED official. She was just sworn in to her position when coumo resigned. I’m not sure, but I believe that she shouldn’t have the authority to make these draconian laws unless elected “by the people “. Every law that she has signed should be invalidated until she has been elected to that position. Right now she is just a substitute governor, and a piss poor one at that.

  2. Doug

    July 15, 2022 at 1:32 pm

    Public transportation is one of the gun free zones identified in the bill. I’d sue the state if I had a family member get shot on the subway because as a law-abiding citizen I wouldn’t have my firearm with me while the criminal doesn’t care about any laws.

  3. Julia

    July 13, 2022 at 12:53 pm


  4. Archangel

    July 13, 2022 at 12:15 pm

    Hopefully GOA or others file for immediate SCOTUS injunction and/or invalidation of these obviously infringing laws and their slap in the face of the SCOTUS decision

  5. George

    July 13, 2022 at 11:54 am

    Apparently most of the NYS legislature is just as nuts !

  6. Native NY'er

    July 13, 2022 at 10:48 am

    The current NYS Governor is nuts. It’s a good thing I don’t live in NYS otherwise my application would be denied for this comment LOL.

    She can’t read, she can’t obey the law, she goes against the will of the people, she ignores stats, and then gives us all the finger even though criminals aren’t affected in any way by her gestapo gun laws.

  7. JonsOn

    July 13, 2022 at 10:32 am

    I do believe Kathy Houkal is nuts. She doesn’t care about protecting her subjects. She only cares about maintaining the power that the idiots in NYC have given her and the democrat party for so many years. I hope the citizens on New York wake up and realize that the democrat party does not now nor has never had their best interests at heart. It’s time the insane be put where they belong in the asylum and not the governor’s mansion.

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