ALBANY — Don’t take your guns to town.
New York gun owners will be barred from carrying firearms in a wide array of “sensitive locations” and businesses must explicitly allow armed patrons under an agreement reached Wednesday between lawmakers and Gov. Hochul.
The deal — which will bar guns from being brought into government buildings, schools, subways and buses, medical facilities and more — comes less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a state law that limited the carrying of concealed weapons.
“We’re going to continue to make sure we toughen those laws,” Hochul said following a meeting of the Interstate Task Force on Illegal Guns in upstate East Greenbush. “This is not the Wild West. This is New York state.”
The Democrat-led Legislature is scheduled to reconvene Thursday for a special session to approve the measures, which will also strengthen background checks and add 15 hours of in-person training to the requirements needed for a concealed carry permit.
“We look forward to being back in Albany tomorrow,” Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins (D-Yonkers) said. “As I have said over and over again states must be the front line of defense. We are ready to take action.”
Democrats, who control both the Senate and Assembly, were slated to meet Wednesday evening to discuss the changes.
Hochul said background checks will also be necessary to purchase ammunition for guns that need a permit, such as handguns and semi-automatic rifles.
“We’re going to make sure we have the strongest protections possible,” she said.
Business owners will have to explicitly state that they allow concealed weapons on their property, most likely with a sign indicating that gun-toting patrons are welcome.
The governor called lawmakers back to Albany to address the issue after the Supreme Court last week determined in a 6-3 ruling that a 100-year-old New York law requiring those applying for a license to show “proper cause” to carry a gun violated the Constitution.
Hochul noted that states with less restrictive gun laws report much higher rates of gun-related deaths per capita compared to New York. The Empire State is among the lowest five states when it comes to firearm deaths based on population, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Firearm storage requirements in homes and vehicles will also be strengthened under the new laws, which Hochul said will stand up to any additional legal challenges.
“We have to make sure this is constitutional, we get that,” the governor said. “We’re not looking to go back into court, but we also know that we have more powers than people may realize.
“I want to make sure we’ve done everything we can to protect the citizens of this state so I will go right up to the line. I will not cross the line,” she added.
Hochul said she is also focused on preventing illegal guns from entering the state and commended the Interstate Task Force after meeting with leaders from neighboring states, including Massachusetts, Maine and Pennsylvania.
Over the past six months, shootings are down and New York doubled the number of gun seizures compared to the same time period last year with 662 guns confiscated so far in 2022, Hochul said.
Since 2018, the amount of recovered ghost guns has increased 1,800% and New York has made investigative referrals to over 22 states so far this year, she added.
“It’s us against them,” Hochul said. “We have to work tirelessly to find ways to use the data we find out about trafficking in our state, share it with other states and have them share it with us and that’s why we’re making a real difference.”