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The New York State Senate passed far-reaching legislation Friday afternoon will ban weapons from being stashed in so-called “sensitive locations” such as Times Square, public transit and other locations – and require permit applicants to use a bow provide the state with information about their social media accounts as well as character references.
“This for me embodies what it means to be an American. In honor of our 4th of July weekend, I look forward to signing the legislation as soon as it is completed,” Governor Kathy Hochul said in a press conference following the vote.
The council is on track to pass the bill and send it to Hochul’s desk on Friday night.
Debating the bill begins early Friday, a day later Extraordinary legislative session called by Hochul has begun – the delay is attributed to last-minute negotiations over a concept agreement touted by the governor beginning of the week.
“This is a very nocturnal place,” Hochul said of the final bill language that fell in the middle of the night — on par with the course in the state Capitol, where legislators often receive little notice before dropping out. votes on controversial bills.
Special session after a Controversial decision of the US Supreme Court last week rescinded a centuries-old state law that requires permit applicants to provide a “good cause” for wanting a hot compress.
The March 6 ruling allows states to restrict gun use in “sensitive” places while maintaining licensing processes based on objective criteria.
“We are confident that we are providing New York, once again, an opportunity not only to keep our belongings hidden, but to keep New Yorkers safe,” said Senate Majority Leader. Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) told reporters. Friday.
Among other information, potential firearms owners will be required to disclose all social media accounts maintained over the past three years as well as provide references demonstrating “ethical conduct.” their good”.
License applicants will also have to complete at least 16 hours of face-to-face training, while private businesses will be restricted from using firearms unless their owners clearly post signs indicating otherwise. .
Firearms will also be banned in places of worship, public transport, sports arenas, parks, libraries, government buildings, playgrounds, entertainment venues, demonstrations and businesses that serve alcohol service, among other locations.
Another provision of the expansion bill New ban on bulletproof vests includes the same armor used by a racist gunman when he targeted black shoppers at a Buffalo supermarket on May 14.
Future ammunition purchases will require future background checks under the new law, with the buyer’s “date, name, age, occupation and place of residence” entered into a database. whether state, by law.
While expressing confidence in the constitutionality of the new gun law, Albany Democrats said they still expect more legal challenges from pro-gun groups.
Hochul is expected to sign the legislation as soon as it passes both houses of the Legislature, but Albany Democrats expect more legal challenges from pro-gun groups.
“They don’t just line up. They trampled on the Supreme Court decision,” said Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, plaintiff in the Supreme Court case.
“The Supreme Court has said that you can still have criteria on how [permits] issued,” Council President Carl Heastie (D-Bronx) told reporters Friday. “And so we believe that’s consistent with what we’re allowed to do.”