Joy Behar Rants About Gun Rights Case Before the Supreme Court but Gets Details Very Wrong


“The View” co-host Joy Behar voiced concern about the impact a decision in a major gun rights case before the Supreme Court could have on New York.

But her comments included wrong terminology and details about the case.

During a segment of the show on Wednesday, Behar said, “The Supreme Court is poised to pass a bill contradicting the New York City, state laws.”

She continued, “We have very strict gun laws here. And they would like it to be — apparently somebody has put this on their desk — that New York should be an open carry state and an open carry city.”

“With all the density in this city, they want people running around with guns?” Behar asked.

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Finally, she suggested, “Middle-class people will be leaving in droves if that happens.”

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However, there were a few issues with Behar’s comments in that 30-second video.

The Supreme Court does not pass bills nor create new laws.

Instead, it settles disputes about the constitutionality of laws.

Behar’s comments refer to the New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen case currently before the Supreme Court.

She also got some important details wrong about the case.

At question in the case is whether New Yorkers have a right to carry firearms concealed outside of their home for self-defense purposes.

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Open carrying refers to the ability to carry a firearm with it either fully or partially visible. Concealed carry means that the firearm is not visible.

The case is not about trying to make New York a state that allows for the open carrying of firearms.

As Cornell Law School explains, “This case asks the Supreme Court to determine whether New York’s discretionary gun permit law, which requires an applicant demonstrate ‘proper cause’ to carry a weapon for self-defense purposes, violates the Second Amendment.”

“New York State Rifle & Pistol Association (‘NYSRPA’) contends that at least one of its members would be eligible for a concealed carry permit but for New York’s proper cause requirement,” it adds.

Under the current law, New Yorkers can be limited in the ability to carry a concealed firearm outside the home to go hunting or target shooting, unless they demonstrate they have a need for self-defense.

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case in November, and several of the conservative justices appeared to be skeptical of New York’s law.

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