FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
After nine months, Judge Broderick finally ruled on our motion for a preliminary injunction in Goldstein v. Hochul. Judge Broderick held that NYS did not violate the First, Second, and Fourteenth Amendments by banning firearms in places of worship and religious observation.
This is clearly wrong to us, but also to NYS which rescinded this law in the 2023 budget. Even though NYS no longer has this law in place, Judge Broderick still defended it, holding it is constitutional. The effect of Judge Broderick’s ruling is that NYS can continue to discriminate against religion whenever it wants and disarm religious people when they need to be defended most.
We will not allow NYS to violate the constitution or treat us differently because of our religion. We will not be disarmed in places of worship. We will not choose between self-defense and religious observation. We will hold NYS accountable by appealing this decision all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Judge Broderick’s opinion and order.
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