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Although it is unclear exactly how local gun-control laws will be affected, today's US Supreme Court decision expressing support for the right to bear arms under the Second Amendment is prompting widespread reaction from the elected and the seeking-to-be-elected.

For example, US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) said: "“I support the Court’s decision and believe that today’s opinion strengthens the protections of our Bill of Rights. Although state and local governments will now have to proceed more carefully when enacting firearms regulations, it will be in respect of a right that belongs to all Americans. ”

Locally, Randy Altschuler, seeking the GOP nomination against Rep. Tim Bishop (D-Southampton), sent out a statement that the ruling "reaffirms the Second Amendment rights of every American. In Congress I will always be a vocal advocate for our right to keep and bear arms and will always be a defender of the liberties and rights enshrined in our constitution."

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NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a leading gun-control advocate, predictably maintains that the current law in the five boroughs does not violate the Second Amendment and therefore can protect citizen safety.Expect that claim to face new court tests down the road.