Gov. Kathy Hochul bans concealed carry in ‘sensitive locations’

Gov. Kathy Hochul on Wednesday unveiled a list of “sensitive locations” where she is seeking to ban concealed carry following last week’s Supreme Court bombshell ruling – as she also argued it should not be a “standard” for private companies.

“My team is reviewing all of our options, we’re going to make sure we have the best possible protection,” the governor of New York said on Wednesday afternoon.

Hochul and lawmakers will enter an extraordinary session Thursday to pass legislation consistent with the SCOTUS ruling, which overturned a centuries-old New York law restricting the carrying of concealed weapons.

The list of sensitive locations includes:

  • Federal, state and local government buildings
  • health and medical facilities
  • Places where children gather, such as daycare centers, parks, zoos, and playgrounds
  • Public transport such as subways and buses
  • Survey Sites
  • educational institutions
East Greenbush, NY - Gov. Kathy Hochul delivers remarks following a meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns in East Greenbush.
Gov. Kathy Hochul unveiled a list of “sensitive places” where she is seeking to ban the carrying of concealed weapons.
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Hochul also insisted she wanted to ensure concealed carry was not a “standard” position for private companies.

“The presumption in New York State after we sign this law will be the presumption that private property owners do not want guns to be carried concealed on their property,” she said.

If a private company wants to allow firearms, it must have a responsibility to put up a sign that says “Guns are welcome here,” Hochul said.

Meanwhile, Mayor Eric Adams last Wednesday groaned at his failure to push through a comprehensive ban in New York City — while he fights to get illegal guns off the streets of the Big Apple.

“The Supreme Court said we can’t do that,” he admitted.

At least six people, including two teenagers, were shot dead across the city overnight on Tuesday, police officers said – and both the mayor and law enforcement officials have warned gun violence will not escalate further until the summer.

“It’s only going to get worse,” a veteran NYPD detective in Manhattan told The Post last week after a gory Father’s Day night, adding “it’s going to be total anarchy in the summer.”

The head of the Hotel Trades Council, a powerful hotel union, wrote a letter to Hochul and Albany leaders calling for restrictions on concealed carry at hotels, casinos and other establishments that serve large numbers of tourists.

A guy pulls a gun out of his pants.
The list of sensitive locations includes government buildings; health and medical facilities; Places where children gather and more.
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“Even here in New York, hospitality workers regularly face dangerous situations ranging from gun violence to sexual assault,” President Rich Maroko wrote Wednesday.

“Appropriately restrictive gun laws are critical to protecting both customers and workers at these facilities.”

Maroko cited the horrific 2017 Las Vegas massacre in which a lone gunman fired 1,000 shots at a crowd attending a music festival at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, slaughtering 60 innocent people in the process.

“We also encourage you to codify the rights of business owners, hospitality or otherwise, to restrict the concealed carrying of firearms in their own establishments,” he said.

In addition, Hochul said she intends to require gun license applicants to undergo more comprehensive gun training courses that include an in-person component.

The governor is also calling for stricter background check requirements and wants to update New York’s “safe storage” laws, which require a gun to be locked in a home if anyone under the age of 18 lives there.

That’s a step up from the current law, which only requires confinement if someone under the age of 16 lives in the home.

The governor admitted she expects a legal challenge to the new law.

“I’ll go straight to the line. I won’t cross the line But I know we can do anything to protect New Yorkers,” she said. Gov. Kathy Hochul bans concealed carry in ‘sensitive locations’


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