The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn New York’s longstanding restrictions on concealed-carry gun permits drew two distinct responses from the state’s major candidates for governor that, like the court itself, fell along ideological lines: The Democrats hated it and the Republicans loved it.

Gov. Kathy Hochul and her two Democratic challengers – New York City Public Advocate Jumaane Williams and Long Island Rep. Tom Suozzi – all decried Thursday’s 6-3 decision, which struck down the state’s 1911 law requiring gun owners to prove they have a specific need for self-defense in order to receive a permit to carry a concealed weapon in public.

"This is not well-regulated,” Williams said, referencing the Second Amendment’s reference to a well-regulated militia. “It is irresponsible, illogical, and immoral.”

On the Republican side, candidates Lee Zeldin, Andrew Giuliani and Rob Astorino cheered the ruling, painting it as a major victory for Second Amendment rights.

Astorino, the former Westchester County executive who has a concealed carry permit in his home county, said the ruling affirms New Yorkers have a “right to carry firearms for protection.”

“This is a good day for law-abiding New Yorkers, and a lousy day for gun-carrying criminals who have been terrifying defenseless citizens and communities,” he said in a statement.

The fourth Republican candidate, businessman Harry Wilson, issued a statement that didn’t address the ruling but accused Hochul and her predecessor, Andrew Cuomo, of “unconstitutionally restricting the freedoms of law-abiding citizens.”

Hochul responded to the decision minutes after it came down during a previously scheduled news conference in her Manhattan office.

She called the court’s actions “reckless and reprehensible,” and said she’ll call state lawmakers back to the Capitol to dull its effects by passing bills prohibiting guns in “sensitive areas” like schools and the New York City subway system.

“If the federal government will not have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and our governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens because of what is going on – the insanity of the gun culture that has now possessed everyone all the way up to even to the Supreme Court,” Hochul said.

But Hochul’s opponents on both sides of the aisle used the decision to highlight her past gun-friendly positions when she was a member of Congress a decade ago, representing a conservative district in western New York.

That includes a 2011 vote in favor of a bill that would have allowed anyone with a state-issued concealed carry permit to carry their weapon across state lines. (The bill died in the Senate and never became law.)

By [Hochul’s] own logic, her actions then were also reckless and reprehensible.
Rep. Tom Suozzi, a Democratic candidate for governor

“By [Hochul’s] own logic, her actions then were also reckless and reprehensible,” said Suozzi, a Democrat challenging the governor from her right. “That vote is one of the reasons she was endorsed by the NRA and she got an A rating from the NRA.”

Hochul has defended her about-face on gun issues, saying she has “evolved” on the issue as she’s gone on to represent a broader constituency. She now has an F rating from the NRA, and signed a suite of gun-control measures into law earlier this month.

Both Williams and Suozzi said Hochul should call the Legislature back immediately to pass bills in response to the ruling.

None of the gubernatorial candidates’ positions on the ruling came as a surprise. Each were asked about the pending decision multiple times during debates in recent weeks.

Among the Republican candidates, Andrew Giuliani – a former aide to President Donald Trump and son of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani – said the Supreme Court “protected the rights of law-abiding New Yorkers to protect themselves.”

“The answer to violent crime lies in empowering law enforcement and not infringing on our rights as Americans,” Giuliani said in a statement Thursday.

Zeldin said the governor “better not” take action to pass gun-control legislation in response to the court’s decision.

“If Hochul does, it will make it even more likely that I get elected to her position in November, because New Yorkers need and deserve a governor who unapologetically defends freedoms, liberty and the Constitution,” he said.

Early voting for the gubernatorial primaries runs through Sunday. The primary election is Tuesday.