Governor Hochul Signs Historic Gun Law | WUTR/WFXV

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — On Thursday, the Governor signed landmark legislation to strengthen gun laws and restrict the carrying of concealed weapons on a list of “sensitive locations.” This law will now institute a default concealed carry ban for firearms, unless private owners and businesses specifically allow a person to possess a firearm, rifle or shotgun on their property.

Governor Kathy Hochul worked closely with the Legislature to craft the following legislation, which would strictly regulate the concealed carry of weapons while remaining within the confines of the NYSRPA v. Bruen decision.

The law will come into effect on September 1, 2022. In addition, an appeal board will be created for applicants whose license or renewal is refused or revoked to take effect on April 1, 2023.

While some places are still dangerous for firearms, this legislation makes concealed carry in sensitive locations a punishable crime. Sensitive locations include:

  • Airports
  • Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol
  • courthouse
  • Day care centres, playgrounds and other places where children gather
  • Educational institutions
  • Emergency shelters, including domestic violence shelters and homeless shelters
  • entertainment venues
  • Federal, state and local government buildings
  • Sanitary and medical facilities
  • places of worship
  • Libraries
  • Polling stations
  • Demonstrations and public gatherings
  • Public transport, including subways and buses
  • Times Square

New legislation establishes new eligibility requirements and expands disqualification criteria for those applying for concealed carry permits. In addition to improving requirements for the safe storage of firearms, background checks on all ammunition purchases and changing the ban on the purchase of body armor.