New York Establishing ‘Gun-Free Zones’

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A new law intends to keep firearms out of crowded and sensitive locations.

This week, a federal judge ruled that the state of New York would be permitted to pass a new gun control law. Legislators have been working to update the state’s gun laws since the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York back in June, and especially after the current Supreme Court overturned a law stipulating that those carrying guns needed to provide a reason for doing so.

The new law is titled the Concealed Carry Improvement Act. According to New York Attorney General Leticia James, the CCIA “strengthens requirements for concealed carry permits, prohibits guns in sensitive locations, allows private businesses to ban guns on their premises, enhances safe storage requirements, requires social media review ahead of certain gun purchases, and requires background checks on all ammunition purchases to protect New Yorkers.”

As part of this new act, New York will be establishing designated “gun-free zones” where neither open or concealed carry will be permitted. The first of these locations will be in Times Square.

“The US supreme court’s … decision was the shot heard round the world that took dead aim at the safety of all New Yorkers,” said New York City Mayor Eric Adams.

“New York City will defend itself against this decision, and, beginning tomorrow, new eligibility requirements for concealed carry permit applicants and restrictions on the carrying of concealed weapons in ‘sensitive locations’, like Times Square, take effect.”

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