Have gun, don’t travel.
That was the ruling by a Manhattan federal appeals court Friday, which shot down a bid by the state’s oldest gun club to lift a city law forcing pistol owners to leave their guns at home.
The New York State Rifle & Pistol Association, established in 1871, and several city firearms enthusiasts, sued the city to overturn a rule which restricts the weapon with a “premise license” to a city home or a city gun range only.
The group, which claimed the law violated their Second Amendment rights, wanted the court to allow them to take their handguns to shooting ranges outside the city and to second homes upstate.
The NYPD, which performs background checks for handgun permits, once granted “target licenses,” which permitted owners to travel for target practice and shooting competitions, but stopped after the department discovered gun owners were going to other locations.
The three-judge panel ruled that the city was within its authority to limit the mobility of guns with “premise licenses.”
The NYSRPA did not immediately return a call for comment.
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