New York’s Democratic governor signs law restricting concealed carry of firearms following Supreme Court ruling
Hochul, who called the legislature into special session Thursday to address the issue, said she quickly signed the bill after it passed.
The new law establishes a strict licensing process for obtaining a concealed carry permit and a list of locations deemed “sensitive” – including Times Square – where possession of firearms will be illegal, according to the legislation . Other areas defined as sensitive include government-owned buildings, schools, healthcare facilities, places of worship and public transportation. People who carry a firearm in a prohibited place could be charged with a crime under the law.
At a press conference earlier Friday in Albany, Hochul shared the impetus behind the legislation and some of its details.
“With the stroke of a pen, (the Supreme Court) removed longstanding limitations we could use in New York State to make smart decisions about who should be allowed to carry a gun,” Hochul said. . “We believe gun laws like these have made New York City safer.”
The law enacts a strict authorization process for concealed carry licenses. It requires background checks for ammunition sales, a policy that Hochul says is not intended to focus on legitimate gun owners.
Under the law, gun owners will be required to store firearms in secure places in their residences if minors under the age of 18 reside in the home – an increase from the age of 16 years previously established.
Democratic leaders have said they expect gun advocates to challenge the legislation in court – but they believe the bill’s wording will hold up.
New York State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins told a press conference Friday that lawmakers carefully crafted the language after the Supreme Court ruling.
“We wanted to make sure that our licensing process would be able to withstand scrutiny, and the technical aspects took a long time. But we are confident that we are providing New York, again, an opportunity not only to be able to have their carry concealed, but also to keep New Yorkers safe,” Stewart-Cousins said.
Last week, the Supreme Court struck down New York’s gun law that required a resident to obtain a license to carry a concealed pistol or revolver in public and demonstrated there was a ‘good cause’ for the license.
Applicants had to demonstrate a “real and articulate” need for self-defense, as opposed to a “speculative or specious” need.
Following the Supreme Court’s decision, Hochul called it “shocking” and “frightening in its scope about how they are setting back this nation and our ability to protect our citizens.”
She added that it was “particularly painful” that the decision “is being made at this time, when we are still dealing with families who suffer from the mass shootings that took place – death, their children and grandchildren. beloved”.
In May, a gunman opened fire at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, in a predominantly black neighborhood, killing 10 people in a shooting that authorities said was a racist hate crime.
The governor called state lawmakers back to a special session this week to pass gun legislation.
This headline and story were updated with additional details on Friday.
CNN’s Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.