Big News

SAF and Gura are going to New York:

The Second Amendment Foundation has filed a federal lawsuit against Westchester County, New York and its handgun permit licensing officers, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show “good cause.”

SAF is joined in the lawsuit by Alan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, both Westchester County residents whose permit applications were denied. Kachalsky’s denial was because he could not “demonstrate a need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general public.” Nikolov’s was denied because she could not demonstrate that there was “any type of threat to her own safety anywhere.” In addition to Westchester County, Susan Cacace and Jeffrey Cohen, both serving at times as handgun permit licensing officers, are named as defendants. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, White Plains Division.

Some documents here. And a note that Kachalsky has sued before over this issue.


6 Responses to “Big News”

  1. Captain Holly says:

    Great news.

    And in Before the NRA Bashers.

  2. Dan says:

    Good first step. I hope in time they cold force my to recognize sales of handguns without permit. In the far future, even some sort of recipirocity.

  3. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that this ends up taking on “May Issue” in its entirety?


  4. Singh says:

    We need a lawsuit for New Jersey. Jersey is a “show cause” state, everyone gets denied even with a credible threat, unless you are a connected politician or a celebrity. There have been numerous cases where the judge in charge of issuing the ccw permit tells the applicant to hire a security guard!

  5. straightarrow says:

    This will be a first round loss for our side. this is a very corrupt court which does not pay any attention to law or the constitution when ruling.

    this will have to be won on appeal.

  6. Ian Argent says:

    @Straightarrow: Of course it will need to be won on appeal; who said it wouldn’t? To a certain extent it NEEDS to be appealed for best use.

    @Singh: Once this suit gets settled, it will drive a stake through “may issue”. The permits denied were for full carry, not purchase.