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Supreme Court Denies Request to Overturn New York Background Check For Ammunition Purchases

The Supreme Court has made the decision to deny gun store owners Nadine and Seth Gazzola’s request to overturn New York’s background check law for ammunition purchases. As a result, this ruling upholds the Empire State Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) signed into effect by Governor Kathy Hochul in response to Justice Clarence Thomas’ 6-3 decision striking down the century-old restrictive gun permit system.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected this request through a paperless order, leaving many concerned about their right to bear arms intact.

The new CCIA requires buyers of ammunition to pay a fee of $2.50 for each sale, with an additional fee of $9 for gun sales – fees that will go towards funding the new initiative under the direction of New York State Police Department.

Furthermore, there are certain regulations already in place since September 1st that require dealers to keep records of every gun purchase and sale document.

This is not the first time that Justice Sotomayor has rejected relief claims from firearms business owners; earlier this year she refused injunctive relief on January 18th and before then a federal trial judge and appeals court had also declined requests from plaintiffs seeking help in blocking provisions set forth by CCIA.

According to court documents, the lawyer representing the Gazzolas argued that even though five separate lawsuits against CCIA have been consolidated for oral arguments due March 20th there hasn’t been any action taken yet aside from August 29th denial on emergency motion at 2nd Circuit level.

In addition, Justices Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas advised other plaintiffs with similar claims to seek relief at Supreme Court again if no action is taken within reasonable time frames.

However it appears none so far have done so successfully as this marks the second rejection from high court justices on behalf of firearms shop owners across state lines.

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