September 2, 2022

Is New York now one Huge "Gun Free Zone"?

  • The Hill

By Ophelia Garrett

In Brief: 

Democrat New York Governor Kathy Hochul is championing the Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA), which critics are calling  burdensome and an infringement on numerous constitutional rights. 

The Background: 

Daily Wire reports that following a Supreme Court decision in June striking down New York’s concealed carry restrictions as unconstitutional, state Democrats and Hochul moved to crack down further on gun rights, seemingly in direct defiance of the “reckless” decision.

This legislation also bans guns from various types of locations and venues in New York, including churches, restaurants serving alcohol, public transportation, theaters, and public sidewalks.

Governor Kathy Hochul stated “Effective September 1, 2022, the possession of a firearm, rifle, or shotgun is prohibited in sensitive locations” 

These “Sensitive Locations” include: 

  • Any location owned or under control of federal, state, or local government for the purpose of government administration, including courts;
  • Any location providing health, behavioral health, or chemical dependence care or services;
  • Places of worship or religious observation;
  • Libraries, public playgrounds, public parks, and zoos;
  • NYS Office of Children and Family Service licensed or funded facilities (childcare facilities);
  • Nursery schools, preschools, summer camps;
  • NYS Office for People with Developmental Disabilities licensed or funded facilities;
  • NYS Office of Addiction Services and Supports licensed or funded facilities;
  • NYS Office of Mental Health licensed or funded facilities;
  • NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance licensed or funded facilities;
  • Homeless shelters, family shelters, domestic violence shelters;
  • NYS Department of Health licensed or funded residential facilities;
  • Colleges, universities, private schools, public schools, and other educational institutions;
  • Public transportation and transit facilities;
  • Bars and restaurants serving alcohol, and on-premises cannabis consumption locations;
  • Theaters, stadiums, racetracks, museums, amusement parks, performance venues, concert halls, exhibit halls, conference centers, banquet halls, gaming facilities, video lottery terminal facilities as licensed by the gaming commission;
  • Polling places;
  • Public sidewalks and other public areas that are restricted from general public access for a limited time or special event;
  • Gatherings of people to collectively express their constitutional rights to assemble or protest; and
  • Times Square (with boundaries determined by New York City).

Notable Quotes:

“New York state is blatantly citing racist and discriminatory laws in defense of their new Concealed Carry law. GOA sued the state, and we hope to get an injunction TODAY!” Gun Owners of America via Twitter

What do you think?