NYC Council urges to expand ‘sensitive places’ after SCOTUS gun ruling

The New York City Council plans to urge state lawmakers to dramatically expand the current list of “sensitive locations” where guns can be banned after a Supreme Court ruling identified them as one of the few available ways to restrict handguns in the wild left the Big Apple.

City lawmakers are pinning their hopes on a two-page opinion penned by Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Brett Kavanaugh that appears to curtail aspects of the court’s impressive but expected 6-3 ruling that struck down a centuries-old state statute protecting the Individuals who could have a gun license were dramatically restricted.

Council spokeswoman Adrienne Adams said she plans to pass a non-binding resolution that would ask Albany to ban guns from all government buildings, schools, hospitals, places of worship, parks, daycare centers and cemeteries, among other facilities — and establish a 1,000-foot buffer around around the places where guns would also be banned.

“We are formally and proactively introducing this idea to the state legislature because the threat to New York City is so serious,” said spokeswoman Adrienne Adams.

New York City Council spokeswoman Adrienne Adams, center, is joined by other council members during a news conference to discuss the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to suspend New York City's covert firearms licensing rules and policies on Thursday, June 23, 2022, to put down in New York.
New York City Council Speaker Adrienne Adams plans to pass a non-binding resolution calling on Albany to ban guns from a number of facilities.
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“We urge the state to ensure that as many places where children and vulnerable populations are present as possible, including the subway, are designated as sensitive areas,” she added.

Additionally, she said she hopes state lawmakers would consider using population density alone as a criterion for establishing a “sensitive location,” which would effectively ban the carrying of handguns in most parts of New York City.

The majority on the Supreme Court appeared to caution against such an approach, but Adams said they were confident lawyers could find a workaround.

Shooting range owner John Deloca aims his handgun at his shooting range in Queens, New York on June 23, 2022.
The Supreme Court overturned a centuries-old state law that dramatically restricted who could have a handgun permit.
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“It’s still something we’re working on right now,” she said.

But when asked if the goal of the buffer zones and density requirements would be to effectively ban widespread handgun ownership again across the five boroughs, “an effective citywide gun ban blanket,” Adams says it does.

“That’s the hope, that’s the goal,” she said. NYC Council urges to expand ‘sensitive places’ after SCOTUS gun ruling


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