BELLEVUE, WA – Long Island Firearms has contributed $2,000 to the Second Amendment Foundation to support its legal actions, including a lawsuit in Westchester County challenging a state law that allows carry licenses to be denied because applicants cannot show “good cause.”
This is the second such contribution from a New York group. Earlier, the Shooters Committee On Political Education (SCOPE) contributed to the SAF legal action effort.
“SAF is very grateful for this level of support from Long Island Firearms,” said SAF Executive Vice President Alan M. Gottlieb. “The level of support we are getting from New York gun owners clearly demonstrates their dedication to correcting the Empire State’s onerous gun laws. For far too long, officials in the Empire State have treated the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms as a highly-regulated privilege. It is time for that to end.”
On July 16, SAF filed a lawsuit in federal district court on behalf of Alan Kachalsky and Christina Nikolov, both Westchester County residents whose permit applications were denied. Kachalsky’s denial was because he could not “demonstrate a need for self protection distinguishable from that of the general public.” Nikolov’s was denied because she could not demonstrate that there was “any type of threat to her own safety anywhere.” In addition to Westchester County, Susan Cacace and Jeffrey Cohen, both serving at times as handgun permit licensing officers, are named as defendants. The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, White Plains Division.
“Long Island Firearms recognizes the implications of our lawsuit,” Gottlieb noted, “and they have generously put their money on the line. We certainly appreciate the support, and we’re going to use every penny wisely in our effort to restore gun rights one lawsuit at a time.”
Long Island Firearms maintains a website that promotes firearms education, gun reviews and other activities. Their website is LongIslandFirearms.com.