ALBANY, NY (WENY) – In early June Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a comprehensive legislative package to strengthen New York’s gun laws and close critical loopholes exposed in tragic shootings. Those gun safety laws take effect starting Thursday.
“I want New Yorkers to know that we will always stand up to protect their lives, their livelihoods, their families, their neighborhoods because that’s our responsibility, one I take very seriously,” said Hochul.
The new laws about to go into effect arrive months after the deadly mass shooting in Buffalo and the Supreme Court decision, New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen, that made it easier for New Yorkers to obtain a concealed carry permit.
The legislation will provide a number of safeguards for New Yorkers including prohibiting concealed carry firearms in sensitive locations, requiring gun safety training to acquire a permit, and strengthening more comprehensive background checks. The laws will also:
- Prohibit concealed carry in sensitive locations
- Require gun safety training to acquire a permit
- Strengthen and promote more comprehensive background checks
- Change the permit renewal to three years instead of five
- Mandate that firearms in unattended vehicles be unloaded and locked in a fire impact, and tamper-resistant storage depository
- Expand safe storage requirements
- Starting Sep. 4, raise the age requirement to 21 for a New Yorker to purchase a semi-automatic
The sensitive locations where it will be illegal to bring a firearm range from schools and daycare facilities to Times Square in New York City. The full list of restricted locations can be found on the state’s website.
During her announcement this morning in New York City, Gov. Hochul highlighted that within the new gun laws, permit holders will also be required to go through monthly checks that determine if they have criminal convictions or court orders that may disqualify them from having concealed carry permits.
“We’re not just talking about wanting these changes to happen. We are making them happen,” she said. “We’ll make sure New Yorkers are safe.”