New York Senate passes bill banning guns from Times Square and public transportation

The New York State Senate on Friday passed a law banning the concealed carry of firearms in a “sensitive location,” including Times Square and all public transportation. The bill was introduced earlier in the day in a special session.

The bill must now pass the state assembly before heading to the governor’s office.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul speaks to reporters about legislation passed during a special legislative session, in the Red Room of the State Capitol, July 1, 2022, in Albany, NY

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The bill comes after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a state law that limited who could obtain concealed carry permits to people who had a “good cause.”

“While this ruling by the conservative majority of the Supreme Court invalidates concealed carry license restrictions, the ruling allows states to issue licensing requirements for carrying a firearm. In light of this decision, the Senate majority is taking action to remedy the invalidated provisions and address the potential effects of this decision on public safety,” the New York State Senate Democratic Majority said in a statement.

Sensitive places where weapons cannot be transported include subways, trains, buses and ferries, as well as government buildings, places of worship, schools, libraries, public playgrounds, public parks , zoos, homeless shelters and polling stations, depending on the law.

PHOTO: The Assembly Hall is pictured as the House stands at ease during a special legislative session as lawmakers consider new gun regulations for concealed carry permits at the US Capitol State, June 30, 2022, in Albany, NY

The House of Assembly is pictured as the House stands at ease during a special legislative session as lawmakers consider new gun regulations for concealed carry permits at the state Capitol , on June 30, 2022, in Albany, NY

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New York Governor Kathy Hochul on Wednesday announced lawmakers’ intention to establish “sensitive places” legislation. The legislation was introduced in the state Senate in a special session convened by Hochul that began Thursday.

The bill also seeks to prohibit the carrying of weapons on all private property by default, unless the property owner has signage authorizing firearms or has otherwise expressed consent to the use of firearms. firearms license.

The law provides exceptions for law enforcement, peace officers, active duty military personnel and security, who would be allowed to carry weapons in sensitive locations. Those who engage in legal hunting are also allowed to carry guns in sensitive locations.

The law would make it a crime to carry weapons in prohibited areas.

A statewide database of licenses and registrations created and maintained by the police will be checked monthly to determine continued accuracy and whether an individual is no longer a valid license holder. Records should be checked against records of criminal convictions, criminal indictments, mental health, extreme risk protection orders, and protection orders.

The new legislation makes changes to an existing law that establishes an ammunition database to verify ammunition sales in New York.

Sellers and dealers of firearms and ammunition will also be required to keep records of all their transactions involving firearms and ammunition.

The bill will also add a vehicle requirement to existing safe storage laws, requiring gun owners to lock up their guns in an appropriate safe storage depot out of sight from outside the vehicle and remove the weapon ammunition. Otherwise, gun owners would not be allowed to leave their firearm out of their immediate possession or in a car.

Hochul, introducing the legislation on Wednesday, said the measure was aimed at reducing gun theft from cars.

Currently, New York law requires gun owners to obtain safe storage for their guns, keeping them locked up, if they have children at home who are 16 or younger. The new legislation lifts this age requirement to 18 years.

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