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2A expert Stephen Gutowski fact checks comically wrong Joy Behar on SCOTUS and gun laws

We get that Joy Behar is awful and all, but this comically wrong take on the Supreme Court and gun laws is just embarrassing. Or it should be, both for Behar and ABC. Have a watch:



The Supreme Court is poised to pass a bill contradicting the New York City — state laws. 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 then open carry city with all of the density in this city. They want people running around with guns. Middle-class people will be leaving in droves if that happens.

Come on ABC, do better:

And they need to do better because viewers believe what she’s saying:

Now, here’s the fact check from 2nd Amendment expert Stephen Gutowski who got things started with a basic civics lesson for Joy on how the Supreme Court works:


“The Supreme Court rules on litigation, it does not pass legislation. The case is about concealed carry, not open carry. It wasn’t ‘put on their desk’ by ‘somebody,; it was filed by the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association (NYSRPA)”:

He continued:

“Also, people are unlikely to leave ‘in droves’ if the Supreme Court strikes down New York’s ‘may issue’ concealed-carry law since the same policy, which is only used in 8 states currently, would likely become unconstitutional everywhere”:


“Anyway, it’s fair enough to debate the merits of different kinds of gun-carry laws. But, I mean, you could at least start from the point of understanding what the Supreme Court even is or does let alone understanding the individual policies themselves”:


“‘May issue’ laws like New Yorks allow state officials to deny permits to people who have passed a background check and completed required training if they feel the applicant doesn’t have a ‘good reason’ to need a permit. Currently, 8 states have this policy”:

“‘Shall issue’ laws require state officials to issue permits to anyone who passes a background check and completes the required training. Currently, 17 states and the District of Columbia have this policy”:


Oh, and Behar also falsely claimed that President George W. Bush “signed legislation that ‘lifted the ban” on AR-15s:

At least she corrected herself on this one?

Now, Joy, go back and fix all the other errors, please.


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