New York’s iconic Times Square among ‘sensitive places’ where guns will be banned in New York | Nation

ALBANY, NY – The Crossroads of the World is among “sensitive places” where guns could be banned as lawmakers seek to strengthen New York’s gun laws in response to a Supreme Court ruling. United States overturning century-old concealed carry law.

New York’s Democratic-controlled legislature is set to approve sweeping new gun restrictions on Friday that would ban the carrying of concealed weapons in a host of places, including Times Square as well as subways, buses, government buildings, places of worship, schools, libraries, playgrounds, parks and zoos, homeless shelters and polling places.

Governor Kathy Hochul called the Legislature back to Albany for a “special session” on Thursday to respond to last week’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling striking down a longstanding law restricting the carrying of a firearm. concealed fist in public.

The law required gun owners to demonstrate a “good cause” to obtain a license to carry a handgun in public, which the court’s conservative majority ruled unconstitutional.

Under new legislation released by the governor’s office around 3 a.m., firearms will be banned from “sensitive locations” such as Times Square and public transportation and firearms will not be allowed in public areas. private businesses unless the owners explicitly state that they accept firearms on their property.

Businesses will be required to post a sign stating that armed customers are welcome.

Sen. Brad Hoylman, a Democrat, applauded the expanded list of locations as the bill was debated in the Senate.

“I am grateful to my colleagues for addressing my concerns about Times Square, one of the most visited tourist sites on the planet, by specifically listing it as a sensitive location where concealed weapons will not be permitted,” said he declared. “It’s crucial to the recovery of our local economy, including Broadway, that Times Square be a gun-free zone and that its 50 million annual visitors feel safe from the dangers of gun violence.”

The bill will also overhaul the state licensing process by requiring applicants to complete 15 hours of in-person training at a range and an in-person interview. They must also provide their social media accounts and household member contact information.

The licenses will have to be renewed after three years and an appeal procedure will be put in place.

The bill would also change a recently passed law that banned the sale of body armor but did not cover the type of armor worn by an 18-year-old man accused of killing 10 black shoppers at a Buffalo supermarket in May. .

The measure was approved by the Senate in a vote of 43 to 20.

Yet what was to be a one-day “extraordinary session” looked set to stretch into Saturday, as the Assembly had yet to begin debating the measures at 2 p.m.

“We are in response mode with respect to the Supreme Court decision,” Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie, a Democrat, told reporters on Capitol Hill. “As frustrating as it may be, Democrats feel we are doing the right thing to protect New Yorkers.”

Heastie said the gun bill, along with a constitutional amendment protecting abortion and LGBTQ rights, would both pass the House before lawmakers head home for the weekend. July 4 holiday.

Republicans have pushed back against the new regulations, railing that the bill was released in the middle of the night and arguing that it goes far beyond simply fixing concealed carry permits.

“It’s more unconstitutional than what was just struck down.” GOP Sen. Andrew Lanza said during the floor debate.

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