August 3, 2009
[efoods]As questions about gun rights swirl around the nomination of a new Supreme Court Justice, and debate continues over attempts in Congress to make it easier to carry concealed weapons state-to-state, an increasing number of Long Islanders are applying for pistol permits.
The reasons? Those interviewed at local shooting ranges and gun shops say they are anxious about the possibility of stricter gun laws under a new Administration, and about their personal safety in a weakened economy.
Their concerns about changes in the law were echoed recently by the National Rifle Association, which declared it may withdraw support from politicians who back Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
The NRA objects to Sotomayor’s ruling as an appeals court judge that the Second Amendment prohibits only federal limits on the right to bear arms, not state curbs. The group said she has a “hostile view” toward Second Amendment rights.