In a momentous decision released late last month, the United States Supreme Court ruled that New York’s system of granting handgun carry permits was unconstitutional.
In response, Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul quickly signed a new piece of legislation aimed at complying with the ruling. Yet as the Daily Wire noted, some of its provisions left gun owners unimpressed.
Gun owners must provide social media accounts, and are restricted on where they can carry
At issue in New York State Rifle & Pistol Assn., Inc. v. Bruen was New York’s requirement that gun owners show a special need to carry a weapon before a permit could be issued.
Although that requirement has been removed, lawmakers have increased the number of “sensitive places” where firearms are prohibited.
These include churches, bars, restaurants, airports, public parks, subways, trains, buses, ferries, schools, libraries, public parks, zoos, homeless shelters, and New York City’s Times Square.
What’s more, gun owners will be prohibited from bringing weapons onto private property without the permission of the property’s owner. The law also requires those seeking a permit to list their social media accounts so they can be examined for “character and conduct.”
“While this ruling issued by the Supreme Court’s conservative majority invalidates the concealed carry permit restrictions, the decision allows states to issue licensing requirements for carrying a firearm,” a statement from New York State Senate Majority was quoted as saying.
“In light of this decision, the Senate Majority is taking action to address the invalidated provisions and counter the potential effects of this ruling on public safety,” it added.
Republicans say the new law is “making New York less safe”
However, New York Republican gubernatorial candidate and Rep. Lee Zeldin told Fox News that the rules are “targeting the law-abiding New Yorker” while “making New York less safe.”
“They’re creating these locations as targets because now, as a criminal, if you wanted to carry out one of your acts of targeting someone with an illegal firearm, you know that you’re likely to encounter less resistance because the only people who care about these laws passed today are the law-abiding citizens,” he insisted.
For his part, New York GOP chairman Nick Langworthy released a statement calling the bill “a political charade that makes New Yorkers less safe.”
“Only under the insanity of New York Democrats can you get out of jail free for possessing an illegal firearm, but be targeted by the government for being a law-abiding citizen exercising your constitutional rights,” he noted.