Judge rules against New York's ban on guns in church

 January 2, 2023

New York Democrats were dealt a major blow last week after a federal judge struck down one of the state's gun restrictions. 

Judge John Sinatra presides over the Western District of New York. According to the Daily Caller, he ruled last Thursday that a ban on carrying weapons in church is unconstitutional.

"Ample Supreme Court precedent"

The case was brought by Pastor Michael Spencer and His Tabernacle Family Church. They are challenging provisions of the state’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA).

New York Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul signed the legislation earlier this year after the Supreme Court found that New York's previous law regarding concealed firearms was unconstitutional.

"Pastor Spencer and Church members have a religious belief that they, themselves, must protect the flock," Sinatra was quoted as saying.

"Ample Supreme Court precedent addressing the individual’s freedoms under the First and Second Amendments to the Constitution dictate that New York’s new place of worship exclusion is unconstitutional," the judge pointed out.

"But it does not ultimately matter whether he is correct that hired security—armed or not—would effectively protect the congregation," Sinatra stressed.

"Indeed, religious beliefs 'need not be acceptable, logical, consistent, or comprehensible to others in order to merit First Amendment protection,'" the judge concluded.

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