By: George William
In a 6-3 decision, the Supreme Court overturned a New York gun law that made those seeking a concealed carry permit in the state have to show a proper cause for doing so.
“This decision isn’t just reckless. It’s reprehensible. It’s not what New Yorkers want,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a press conference in her Manhattan office shortly after the decision was handed down. “We do not need people entering our subways, our restaurants, our movie theaters with concealed weapons.”
Hochul said she is meeting with legislative leaders Thursday evening to pick dates for a special session, where the state will define “sensitive locations” where concealed carry can be banned. The session is expected to take place sometime in July, she said.
“We are also going to change the permitting process,” she said. “We are also going to create a higher threshold for those who want to receive a concealed carry permit. We are going to require training involved and also that they have specific firearm training, and I believe that we are going to be finding a way to create a system where the default position is for a private business that a concealed carry is not allowed unless they affirmatively offer the right to someone to come in with a concealed carry.”
New York City Mayor Eric Adams said in his own statement “Put simply, this Supreme Court ruling will put New Yorkers at further risk of gun violence,” he continued, “We will work together to mitigate the risks this decision will create once it is implemented,” the mayor said, “as we cannot allow New York to become the Wild West.”