UPDATED: Less than a week after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that New York State’s “good cause” requirement to obtain a concealed carry permit is unconstitutional, Spectrum News is reporting lawmakers in Albany are ready to adopt a new gun control package later this week.
Among the key issues certain to raise the hackles of Second Amendment activists will be new prohibitions on places where guns may be carried legally. These include schools, hospitals, government buildings and mass transit. There is also a prohibition on carrying a gun where alcohol is served.
If the legislation passes as anticipated, there will be new statewide standards for obtaining a pistol permit, but nobody will ever again be required to provide a good cause.
New requirements will reportedly include more extensive background checks, increased requirements for so-called “safe storage” of firearms, and 15 to 20 hours of new training.
According to the Spectrum News report, both houses of the legislature will meet Wednesday with a vote expected sometime Thursday, one week to the day from when the high court handed down its ruling.
The aftermath of that decision, written by Justice Clarence Thomas, predictably brought anti-gunners to every microphone with their usual predictions of increased homicides.
The New York Daily News reported that New York City Mayor Eric Adams and the City Council are looking at “ways to expand bans on guns in “sensitive places” across the city as a way to push back against the U.S. Supreme Court’s earthshattering decision.”
The mayor, a former policeman, is concerned the ruling will result in more people legally carrying concealed handguns in the Big Apple. Criminals, on the other hand, are already doing that.
According to the Daily News, Adams promised his administration “would do everything in our power, using every resource available to ensure that gains we’ve seen during this administration are not undone.”
However, according to data from the New York City Police Department, May saw 45 homicides for the month, while May 2021 posted 41 slayings. That’s a 9.8% increase.
And according to the New York Post, last year the city logged 485 murders, a 4 percent increase over 2020, when 468 people were slain.