NEW YORK —New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is applauding the recent dismissal of a lawsuit by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York, which was filed by the Libertarian Party of Erie County and challenged the state's permit laws for pistols.

In the suit, Libertarian Party of Erie County v. Cuomo et al, the Erie County political organization along with seven individuals, said New York's century-old licensing laws for handguns were unconstitutional per the Second and 14th Amendments. According to the suit, the plaintiffs alleged, under the U.S. Constitution, the state did not have the authority to require licenses for possession of handguns. 

“This decision is a victory for sensible gun laws and New York’s fundamental responsibility to protect our communities," Schneiderman said in a news release. "Common sense guidelines that ensure guns don’t fall into the wrong hands are critical to our public safety. We’re glad the court agreed.”

The court ruled that the state's licensing laws were constitutional and that they promote public safety and prevent gun violence. In its decision, the court stated that the law helps to make sure that  "only law-abiding, responsible citizens" lawfully possess handguns. 

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