NEW YORK’S SULLIVAN ACT CHALLENGED IN FEDERAL COURT
Buffalo, NY. August 9, 2015. A group of citizens have filed a frontal legal assault on New York’s pistol permit law, known as the Sullivan Act, after the corrupt Tammany Hall politician who sponsored it in 1911. The statute requires law-abiding citizens to get government permission before arming themselves against the hordes of violent criminals roaming New York’s streets.
The lawsuit, filed in Federal Court in Buffalo, complains that alone among the fundamental rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights, only the right to bear arms requires that citizens get government permission before exercising it.
The complaint notes that seeking such permission can takes years and several thousand dollars and is often denied arbitrarily.
The plaintiffs in the case are the Libertarian Party of Erie County, four residents of Erie County, Michael Kuzma, Philip Mayor, Michael Rebmann and Edward L. Garrett; Richard Cooper of Nassau County, Ginny Rober of Broome County and David Mongielo of Niagara County.
The defendants are Governor Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D’Amico.
The complaint is posted at: