New York governor signs bill to ban concealed carry of firearms from mass gathering locations

The New York governor on June 1 signed a bill that would restrict the concealed carry of firearms in places like government buildings and schools. The decision comes after U.S. Supreme Court struck down a century-old state law that restricted carrying concealed handguns outside the home. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that she signed a bill passed by the supreme court, CNN reported.

The legislation includes outlawing concealed carry in “sensitive locations.” Sensitive locations include airports and public transportation, entertainment venues, bars and restaurants, places of worship and Times Square. “I signed a new law to keep New Yorkers safe even in the face of a monumental setback from the Supreme Court. I am proud to sign this important legislative package that strengthens our gun laws and strengthens restrictions on concealed weapons,” said the governor in her statement.

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The legislation for keeping firearms in New York was introduced earlier in the day during a special session. The SC took the decision to turn back the gun law in the country so as to minimize the ongoing gun violence in parts of the USA. In light of this decision, the Senate Majority is taking action to address the invalidated provisions and counter the potential effects of this ruling on public safety,” the New York State Senate Democratic Majority said in a statement. 

According to the law, a strict permitting process for concealed-carry licenses will be in place. It requires background checks for ammunition sales, a policy Hochul has said is not meant to focus on lawful gun owners. The bill also seeks to prohibit the possession of firearms on all private property by default unless the property owner has posted signage allowing firearms or has consented to allow firearms. Howveer, the new bill will go into effect on September 1, 2022.