NY Legislature passes sweeping new gun restrictions
Denis Slattery is reporting for the Daily News New York lawmakers on July 1 passed sweeping new restrictions that bar carrying concealed weapons in a variety of locations including subways, buses, bars, government buildings, houses of worship, schools, libraries, playgrounds, parks, homeless shelters and more. The measures were signed into law by Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday night. Guns will be banned from “sensitive places” such as Times Square and mass transit systems and in private businesses unless business owners explicitly grant permission to bring them on their property. Businesses will be required to post a sign indicating that armed patrons are welcome. The new law also overhauls the state’s permitting process by requiring that applicants undergo 15 hours of in-person training at a firing range and an in-person interview. They must also provide their social media accounts as well as contact information for household members. Applicants will have to show they have “the essential character, temperament and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger oneself and others,” according to the law. Licenses will have to be renewed after three years. Hochul called the Legislature back to Albany for an “extraordinary session” last week to respond to the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling that struck down a longstanding law limiting who can carry a handgun in public. State GOP chair Nick Langworthy slammed the Legislature for tightening restrictions for legal gun owners. “Only under the insanity of New York Democrats can you get out of jail free for possessing an illegal firearm, but be targeted by the government for being a law-abiding citizen exercising your constitutional rights,” he said. Aaron Dorr, the executive director of the New York State Firearms Association, said, “This will never survive a court challenge." Read the full story in the Daily News.