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New York's 22nd Congressional District includes all of Chenango, Cortland, Madison and Oneida counties and parts of Broome, Herkimer, Tioga and Oswego counties.0000017a-3c50-d913-abfe-bd54a86b0000Incumbent Richard Hanna (R-Barneveld) has announced he will retire. Claudia Tenney (R), New York state assemblywoman; Democrat Kim Myers; and Martin Babinec, a member of the Reform and Upstate Jobs parties will face off in November.It should also be noted that the retiring Hanna has not put his support behind fellow Republican Claudia Tenney.

Tenney pushes to roll back firearm regulations as gun violence persists

Madison Ruffo
Claudia Tenney, R–New Hartford, speaking at a press conference at Ilion Village Hall on Tuesday, July 6, 2021.";


Mohawk Valley Rep. Claudia Tenney, R-New Hartford, was in the Herkimer County village of Ilion Tuesday to announce her support of the plaintiff in a U.S. Supreme Court case regarding gun rights.



“The question is, in the Supreme Court case, is whether or not states can restrict someone from carrying a firearm–a handgun–a concealed carry permit for personal protection outside their home,” said Tenney. 

The case, New York State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Corlett, was first introduced in Rennselaer County when two residents were denied concealed carry permits due to insufficient justification.



Now, Tenney is leading 168 other members of the House of Representatives in presenting a brief to the Supreme Court pushing for loosened restrictions on who can receive a concealed carry permit. 



This effort came as Governor Cuomo declared a state of emergency Tuesday to tackle the recent surge in gun violence across the state. However, Tenney said lawful gun owners should not be punished for the unlawful actions of others. 


“The problem is that the democrats in Albany and particularly in Washington tend to go attack the lawful gun owners instead of attacking the violence,” she said.

Tenney, who has led efforts to repeal the state’s SAFE Act, said the solution is providing easier access to guns for those who want to defend themselves.

“We need to make sure that we protect those people who need to protect themselves, especially now,” he said. 

Tenney expects the case to be seen by the Supreme Court when their next session starts in October.


Madison Ruffo received a Master’s Degree from the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where she specialized in audio and health/science reporting. Madison has extensively covered the environment, local politics, public health, and business. When she’s not reporting, you can find Madison reading, hiking, and spending time with her family and friends.