On September 1, the new law that restricts the use of weapons in public spaces in New York, including Times Square, will come into force after being signed by Governor Kathy Hochul shortly after being approved by the state legislature, after two days of intense debate in special session.
The spaces in which the carrying of weapons may not be used will be the places where children gather, stadiums, parks, museums, schools, universities, theaters, health centers, zoos, nursing homes, shelters for victims of domestic violence. , houses of worship, government buildings, libraries, homeless shelters, among others.
Residences and private businesses such as bars or restaurants are gun-free zones, where they will only be allowed to carry them when the owner of the property, through a visible sign, expresses his approval of firearms.
From now on, everyone who wants to have a weapon will have to obtain a permit, which establishes that they must complete two hours of training in a shooting range and 16 hours of training to learn how to use it correctly, they must also demonstrate their skills. shooting and be adjusted to the standards imposed by the state police.
In addition, greater scrutiny will be applied to applicants who must go through a face-to-face interview with an official, leave family information to be able to contact those who live with the applicant and present a list with their current social network accounts and those of the last three years.
Under the law, citizens will be checked for “the essential character, temperament, and judgment necessary to be entrusted with a weapon and to use it only in a manner that does not endanger themselves or others.”
The authorities will create a state database, where, among other things, those who buy certain types of ammunition will be tracked and disqualification criteria for permits will be met, for example, having a history of dangerous behavior, among others.
Officials responsible for enforcing the law and security guards will not be within the restrictions.
Discrepancies with the Supreme Court
The rule was approved by the state Senate and by the Legislative Assembly in Albany, seat of the central government with a Democratic majority, after the call made by Governor Kathy Hochul, despite the rejection of the Republican representatives and as a response to the Supreme Court of United States who on June 23 rescinded at least six states’ limits on the right to bear arms in public for self-defense.
“I refuse to give up my right as Governor to protect New Yorkers from gun violence or any other form of harm. We are not going backwards. They may think that they can change our lives with the stroke of a pen, but we also have pens to do it,” said the governor.
The Court reported that in New York the right of citizens to “keep and bear arms” established in the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the country was violated.
However, there are various sectors that have expressed their rejection, President Joe Biden, was one of the first to speak out deploring the decision of the Supreme Court, declaring that armed violence in the country is a source of national shame.
“This ruling contradicts both common sense and the Constitution and should concern us all deeply… In the wake of the horrific attacks in Buffalo and Uvalde, as well as daily acts of gun violence that don’t make national headlines, we must do more as a society , not less, to protect our fellow citizens,” declared the head of state.
The Democratic representatives of the state of New York also criticized the ruling and expressed concern about the possible increase in violence due to the increase in people carrying weapons, one of them was Senator Brad Hoylman who declared that with the restrictions approved this Friday in New York they were “returning the favor to the Supreme Court.”
“For the Supreme Court of the United States to transmit this decision to New York at this time when illegal weapons have been flooding our streets and gun violence is at an all-time high, it is absolutely despicable,” Hoylman said.
The controversial right of Americans to bear arms has found various sectors of the country, due to the high levels of violence with firearms and the large number of mass shootings that have left hundreds of fatalities.
The most recent events that the country has faced were recorded on May 24 at an elementary school in Uvalde where 19 children and two teachers were killed, as well as on May 14 at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York a racially motivated shooting left 10 people dead.
The conservative-majority court’s ruling reiterates his stance in upholding Second Amendment rights and became one of the most important declarations on gun rights in more than a decade.
With AP and EFE
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