Attorney David Sieling of Brenna Boyce PLLC, who represents New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms in its lawsuit, said Sinatra’s ruling represented confirmation by another federal court that “the state of New York does not have the power to disarm law-abiding citizens in churches and other places of worship.”
“The growing number of rulings against the CCIA is not a surprise,” Sieling said in a statement. “The Constitution explicitly protects both the right to assemble for worship and the right to self-defense with a legal firearm.”
The Rev. Jason J. McGuire, executive director of New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms and a plaintiff in the lawsuit, said litigation “was a last, necessary resort for law-abiding church members that simply wanted to protect their families and fellow worshippers.”
“New York’s churches and pastors did not seek out conflict with the state,” said McGuire, a Lima resident.
“People of faith have been exercising their Second Amendment rights in houses of worship for centuries. Present-day politics shouldn’t interfere with those rights,” McGuire said.