Thursday, June 23, 2022

NY Special Session Vowing New Gun Limits After Supreme Court Ruling

New York Governor, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D), vowed Thursday to call the Democrat-led Legislature back for a Special Session to pass New Rules, including a Law specifying “sensitive locations” where People cannot carry Concealed Weapons, like School Zones, Bars, or Hospitals. Other Options, could include adding New Conditions to get a Handgun Permit, like requiring Weapons Training, which New York City already has.

“Our new laws are going to be looking at restrictions on sensitive locations, changing the permitting process," Hochul said after the Court's Ruling. “We’re going to have training requirements. We’re going to make sure that people who have concealed weapons have specified training. We have a whole lot of ideas.”

New York City Council Speaker, Adrienne Adams (D-28th District), planned to schedule a Vote asking State Lawmakers to Ban People from carrying Handguns: In any Place containing more than 10,000 People per square mile. Or anywhere within 1,000 feet of Mass Transit systems, Hospitals, Parks, Government Buildings, Schools, Churches, Cemeteries, Banks, Theaters Bars, Libraries, Homeless Shelters, and Courts, Effectively the whole Metropolis.

New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D), a former Police Officer and Gun owner, said Prohibiting Guns in densely populated areas will save Lives. “We will work together to mitigate the risks this decision will create once it is implemented, as we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West,” Adams said.

New York State’s Law, in place since 1913, said that to carry a Handgun outside the Home, a Person applying for a License has to Demonstrate “proper cause,” an actual need to Carry the Weapon. A similar Standard is in place in only a handful of other States, including California, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, and New Jersey.

The Law did Not define what Proper Cause meant, and it gave Local Officials, often a Police Department, discretion on whether to issue a License. In practice, that meant most Applicants had to Show a need that went beyond Routine Public Safety concerns, like being in a Profession that put them at Special risk.

New York City Officials insisted that nothing would Change immediately, noting that the High Court, sent the Case back to a Lower Court for further Proceedings that could iron out Implementation Details. But the Decision instantly raised Fears among Supporters of New York's Handgun Limits, saying that loosening the Rules could create a Marketplace for Handguns that now barely exists in the State.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker

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