One Liberal State’s New Gun Rules – Concealed Carry NIGHTMARE?
(ConservativeHub.com) – New Yorkers have grown increasingly concerned about the crime and violence plaguing the Big Apple. These fears, in tandem with a recent Supreme Court decision striking down one of the state’s concealed carry laws, forced New York to allow citizens the ability to apply for concealed carry weapons permits. Still, the new reality prompted Governor Kathy Hochul (D) to enact new requirements for those citizens hoping to carry firearms for personal protection.
On Wednesday, August 31, Hochul spoke at an event announcing her latest, strict gun laws that went into effect on Sunday, September 4. Now, New Yorkers must be at least 21 years old and have a permit to purchase a semiautomatic rifle. Additionally, state residents applying to carry a concealed firearm must provide the following:
- Four character references
- Current and past social media accounts
- Name of spouse or partner and adult children
- The completion of an in-person interview
Applicants must also complete 16 hours of in-person training and an additional two-hour live-fire training course. Even so, citizens will remain restricted from taking their guns to some public places, including Times Square and playgrounds.
Keeping New Yorkers safe is my top priority.
Starting tomorrow, concealed weapons will no longer be permitted on subways, in bars, and the following sensitive locations. pic.twitter.com/RKExUOBlrT
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) August 31, 2022
The new regulations led to an enormous uptick in applications for concealed carry permits before the new requirements took effect. New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) also spoke at the event last week, highlighting his hope this new law will “keep New York the safest big city in America.”
Not everyone agrees with the governor’s new statutes. Notably, Congressional candidate Carl Paladino (R) filed a legal challenge in federal court back in July. According to the Times Union, Paladino called the new laws “patently absurd” because they violate privacy and require gun owners to seek permission from any privately owned establishment before entering with a concealed weapon. For his part, Nick Langworthy, the NY State Republican Party Chair, told AP the party would oppose the new regulations as a coalition.
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