New York Lawmakers to Push Back on Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Gun Restrictions

New York Lawmakers to Push Back on Supreme Court Decision to Overturn Gun Restrictions

By Yehudit Garmaise

After the US Supreme Court overturned New York’s century-old tough restrictions on whom can carry concealed weapons in the state today, Gov. Kathy Hochul said the ruling, “would place millions of New Yorkers in harm's way." 

Gov. Hochul, who “was sorry that this dark day has come,” will take action immediately to push back on the ruling that will make the process easier for New Yorkers to carry concealed guns in public.

While many Democratic New York lawmakers decried the Supreme Court ruling, Wayne LaPierre, the executive vice president and the CEO of the National Rifle Association celebrated the decision he called a “watershed moment.” 

"The right to self-defense and to defend your family and loved ones should not end at your home," LaPierre said.

Seeing an opportunity to enact concrete legislation in response, Gov. Hochul, Mayor Eric Adams, and the NYC Council all noted that the US Supreme Court decision conceded that they should not be carried in “sensitive locations,” while not clearly defining what constitutes such areas.

Under New York state law, childcare, educational, and medical facilities, are already designated as “sensitive areas,” but state lawmakers hope to expand the definition of “sensitive areas” in which guns cannot be carried to include: mass transit systems, legislative assemblies, parks, and places of worship.

Polling places, theaters, establishments in which alcohol is served, libraries, homeless shelters, cemeteries, financial institutions, libraries, and courts will likely be considered places where guns cannot be carried in New York.

In what will likely be an upcoming special legislative session, Gov. Hochul wants to work with NY lawmakers to create a bill that better defines the sensitive locations that the US Supreme Court left open to interpretation.

Mayor Adams, who spoke in the City Hall rotunda hours after the ruling, vowed that he and his administration “would do everything in our power and use every resource available to ensure that gains we’ve seen during this administration are not undone.”

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