Washington (June 23, 2022) - Senator Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) released the following statement today in response to the Supreme Court’s decision in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen.

“Just weeks after mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, the far-right majority on the Supreme Court has struck down one of our nation’s oldest gun safety laws, undermining the safety of our communities. This decision places at risk Massachusetts laws that have effectively driven down the rate of gun violence in our Commonwealth, like those giving local police chiefs the authority to issue gun licenses, including after interviewing an applicant, and those that bar the concealment of deadly weapons in public. We know concealed weapons near schools or on street corners across Massachusetts – or anywhere in our country – won’t make parents or their children feel any safer. The Supreme Court has now placed the safety of these families at risk.

“Congress must work swiftly to pass bipartisan gun safety legislation, and we must commit to expanding the Court. Now is the time to reclaim the stolen seats, bring balance to an illegitimate far-right bench, and restore the American public’s faith in the Court.”