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New York bans guns in many public places after Supreme Court ruling

World Jul 02, 2022 08:25PM ET
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© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Confiscated illegal guns are displayed during a news conference at New York City Police (NYPD) Headquarters in New York, October 27, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

By Jonathan Allen

NEW YORK (Reuters) -New York state passed a law on Friday banning guns from many public places, including Times Square, and requiring gun-license applicants to prove their shooting proficiency and submit their social media accounts for review by government officials.

The law, passed in an emergency legislative session, was forced by a landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling last week that struck down New York's restrictive gun-license laws. The court's conservative majority ruled for the first time that the U.S. Constitution grants an individual the right to carry weapons in public for self-defense.

New York's Democratic leaders have decried the ruling and the court, saying there will be more gun violence if there are more people carrying guns.

They conceded they must loosen the state's century-old permit scheme to comply with the ruling, but sought to keep as many restrictions as they could in the name of public safety. Some will likely be targets for further legal challenges.

The court ruled that New York's former license regime, which dates from 1911, gave too much discretion to officials to deny a permit.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul, a Democrat who ordered the extraordinary session in the legislature, said the state's gun-licensing regulations had resulted in New York having the fifth-lowest rate of gun deaths of the 50 U.S. states.

"Our state will continue to keep New Yorkers safe from harm, even despite this setback from the Supreme Court," she told a news conference in the state capital, Albany, while lawmakers were debating the bill. "They may think they can change our lives with the stroke of a pen, but we have pens, too."

The court's ruling allowed that people could be banned from carrying weapons in certain "sensitive places" but warned lawmakers against applying the label too broadly.

The court also made it easier for pro-gun groups to have a regulation overturned. It ruled that a weapons regulation was likely unconstitutional if it was not similar to the sort of regulations around in the 18th century, when the U.S. Constitution's Second Amendment https://constitution.congress.gov/constitution/amendment-2 was ratified, letting states maintain militias and defining a right to "keep and bear Arms."

The law passed on Friday makes it a felony crime to carry a gun into a new list of sensitive places, including: government buildings, medical facilities, places of worship, libraries, playgrounds, parks, zoos, schools, colleges, summer camps, addiction-support centers, homeless shelters, nursing homes, public transit including the New York City subway, places where alcohol or marijuana is consumed, museums, theaters, stadiums and other venues, polling places and Times Square.

Law enforcement officials and registered security guards are among those exempt from the sensitive-place restrictions.

Republican lawmakers voted against the law, set to take effect on Sept. 1, complaining that it makes the right to carry weapons lesser than other constitutional rights, such as freedom of speech and of religion.

"Now, it's going to be easier to get a concealed-carry" license, said Mike Lawler, a Republican member of the Assembly, during the debate. "But you're not going to be able to carry it anywhere."

'FLAGRANT VIOLATION'

The National Rifle Association, the powerful gun-owners' rights group whose local affiliate was the lead plaintiff in the Supreme Court case, called New York's law a "flagrant violation" of the ruling by creating more barriers to New Yorkers' self-defense rights, indicating it may soon face legal challenges.

"Gov. Hochul and her anti-Second Amendment allies in Albany have defied the United States Supreme Court with an intentionally malicious rewriting of New York's concealed carry law," Darin Hoens, the New York NRA state director, said in a statement.

The court ruled in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen that New York licensing officials had too much subjective discretion over who could enjoy what it said was a constitutional right. Applicants were denied a concealed-carry permit if they could not convince an official they had "proper cause," or some kind of special reason, for carrying a handgun for self-defense.

Reluctantly and not without protest, Hochul agreed the state must remove the "proper cause" requirements, though the law still requires licensing officers find the applicant is of "good moral character."

The new licensing rules require applicants to meet with the licensing officer, usually a judge or a police official, for an in-person interview, and provide the contact details of some immediate family members and any adults they live with.

The law makes it a felony to carry a gun into private business premises unless the business affirmatively gives notice that concealed weapons are welcome.

New York bans guns in many public places after Supreme Court ruling
 

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meanwhile, there are shootings everyday in NYC where most shooters are felons and shouldn't have gund to begin with. there is definitely no shortage of guns on the black market, especially in country where guns outnumber people 2 to 1
Mehdi Captain Music
Mehdi Captain Music Jul 05, 2022 2:52AM ET
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The weapon will be expensive LOL. Criminals get more power and wealth.
Todd Gray
Todd Gray Jul 02, 2022 12:49PM ET
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The libs are afraid. Serves them right, as they've been terrorizing society with environmental holocaust, and all sorts of other terrors for 50 years. Natural blowback is all it is. They don't seem to like the reaping part of what they've sown. The more they kick, the worse it will become. So, they will keep kicking, and make it worse. Then whine about more reaping what they've sown, as if they didn't provoke it to begin with.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 12:49PM ET
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Put down the glass, get out and meet people. You are out of touch with reality.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jul 02, 2022 12:49PM ET
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Brad Albright what people do you “meet” with? Obviously not minority community because it’s quite clear our neighborhoods are suffering and you white people are to thank for it
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 12:49PM ET
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Maybe you should move to the US.
Jack Nicholson
Jack Nicholson Jul 02, 2022 10:02AM ET
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Welcome to NY, you are under arrest
Al Ose
Al Ose Jul 02, 2022 10:02AM ET
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And deserve it
David CA
ILoveQE Jul 02, 2022 6:11AM ET
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Why does the law abiding NY gun owner need to submit to their social media accounts to the People's Socialist Party of New York? I'm not sure that's legal.
adriaan kuhn
adriaan kuhn Jul 02, 2022 6:11AM ET
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sounds like a new political party, PSPNY
Brad Albright
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I think the logic is something like this: If you walk into an ice cream parlor and see a person with a gun on his hip, would you want to know that he hasn't been posting about getting instructions from aliens or the destruction of infidels? Or would you prefer to see everyone with a hand on their holsters waiting for someone to twitch?
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 6:11AM ET
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And the review is by a judge or police officer, not a political party.
John Hat
John Hat Jul 02, 2022 12:19AM ET
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Democrats are pro gangs.
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Democrats spent 4 years wasting time and money lying about Trumps "collusion and conspiracy " with russia... if there is any coup attempt, THAT was it. All based on lies paid for by Hillary. The Democrats are the traitors and liars. Jan 6th was certainly horrible but look in the mirror 1st before you open your pie hole.
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Ben VB Jul 02, 2022 12:19AM ET
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Yes, let all get Guns, God will sort then out.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jul 02, 2022 12:19AM ET
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Brad Albright that “gang” that “stormed” the capital didnt have any weapons or hurt anyone.. yet they’re the danger.. typical white b.s.
Brad Albright
Brad Albright Jul 02, 2022 12:19AM ET
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Its one thing to have an opinion, it's just an embarrassment, however, to reveal that it is mired in monumental ignorance of reality.
Co Gonz
Co Gonz Jul 02, 2022 12:19AM ET
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Brad Albright it’s one thing to disregard facts and it take a pompous a** to judge other opinions to think anyone cares what you think.. you don’t even understand econ 101 or what output gap is without googling it
Roger Miller
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How many New York shootings are committed by law abiding gun owners?
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Brad Albright so guns bought illegally by felons would be law abiding?
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No. The bullets shoot by magic.
Brad Albright
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Law abiding guns? You'll have to explain that one.
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You should visit California. It sounds like some travel might alleviate your misconceptions... (Not sure you are interested in expanding your mind though... that's a decision for you to make.)
Co Gonz
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Brad Albright don’t know how to read?🥴
 
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