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Hochul reveals proposed changes to concealed carry law, banning guns in some public places

WRGB Albany logo WRGB Albany 6/30/2022 Briana Supardi
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Democratic lawmakers met in Albany Wednesday night to discuss Governor Kathy Hochul's proposal of changes to New York's concealed carry law.

The package of provisions is a direct response to last week's U.S. Supreme Court ruling overturning the state's current concealed weapons law.

For more than a century, New York's concealed carry law required that applicants seeking a license demonstrate a special need for self-defense - and that requirement is what the High Court found unconstitutional in a 6 to 3 ruling.

But the proposed changes that lawmakers will need to vote on tomorrow may bring new requirements and restrictions.

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Among the changes include banning firearms in a number of public places including schools, hospitals, government buildings, and mass transit hubs, among other ‘no weapons’ zones.

When it comes to private businesses, Hochul said firearms can only be allowed on the premises if the business formally posts signage letting people know.

Democratic lawmakers held a conference Wednesday night to discuss these provisions ahead of Thursday’s special session.

I can't really get into specifics but what we discussed was areas that we have questions on. For example, if businesses are going to prohibit individuals from concealed carry, what is that going to look like, is there going to be signage?” said Assemblyman John McDonald (D-Cohoes).

Changes to safe storage were also among the provisions.

“We’re adding a vehicle requirement to our safe storage laws, so you have to have them locked up when you’re traveling,” said Hochul during a press conference Wednesday.

The governor is also requiring firearms to be locked up in households with anyone 18-years old or younger.

A background check will also be required for ammunition purchase.

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According to the Governor’s Office, the Supreme Court decision has no immediate impact on firearm licensing or permitting, which means the state’s current concealed carry restrictions are still in effect.

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