NYS Stricter Gun Laws in Response to Supreme Court Ruling

Source: Governor.NY.Gov

Effective September 1, New York State will enforce enhanced gun laws in light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the state’s long-standing pistol-permitting process. These new regulations aim to bolster public safety by imposing stricter background checks, mandatory firearm training, and live-fire exercises for individuals seeking concealed carry permits. Additionally, the laws prohibit permit holders from carrying firearms in sensitive locations such as Times Square, bars, libraries, schools, government buildings, and hospitals. Furthermore, permit renewal or recertification will now be required every three years. To ensure easy access to information about these new laws, the state has launched a comprehensive Gun Safety Website for the public, gun owners, and gun dealers.

Governor Kathy Hochul emphasized the importance of these strengthened gun laws, stating, “In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s century-old concealed carry law, we took swift and thoughtful action to keep New Yorkers safe. I am committed to protecting New Yorkers from gun violence and will continue to lead the way in implementing common-sense gun safety legislation.”

Lieutenant Governor Antonio Delgado echoed this sentiment, highlighting New York’s role in the fight against gun violence. He expressed, “New York is at the forefront of efforts to reduce gun violence and save lives. These new conceal and carry laws will ensure that gun owners are properly trained, safety measures are promoted, and firearms are not carried into sensitive locations, ultimately preventing tragic incidents.”

Governor Hochul also announced additional requirements for the ownership of semiautomatic rifles, effective September 4, 2022. Individuals must be at least 21 years old and possess a permit before purchasing or taking possession of a semiautomatic rifle. These measures were enacted in response to a racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo earlier this year. However, individuals who already possessed semiautomatic rifles before September 4, 2022, are exempt from obtaining licenses.

Previously, New York State mandated background checks, criminal conviction screenings, and character references for concealed carry permit applicants for over a century. In response to the Bruen decision, the state has standardized and strengthened these background checks. The new requirements include providing four character references, disclosing all social media accounts from the past three years, revealing information about the applicant’s spouse or domestic partner, any other adults residing in their home, including adult children, and participating in an in-person interview with a licensing officer or their representative. Licensing officers may also request additional information as they see fit.

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