In one of its final rulings of the most recent session, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that a longstanding New York law limiting gun possession in public was unconstitutional.
The Empire State’s legislature responded to that decision by passing a measure that will prohibit firearms in a variety of locations and require a license to carry concealed guns anywhere else outside of the home.
State senators voted 43-20 on Friday to advance the measure and the Assembly approved it later the same day with a margin of 91-51. Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul made it clear that she supported the bill.
“I look forward to signing the legislation as soon as it’s finished,” she said ahead of the votes.
Hochul went on to credit the overturned law as a tool that has kept New Yorkers safer over the course of roughly a century, pointing a finger at Supreme Court justices who unraveled that protection with “the stroke of a pen.”
Upon being signed into law, the new measure will also require gun owners across the state to keep their weapons stored securely within any home where a minor also lives.
Although Democratic supporters of the bill are bracing for challenges from the GOP and the judicial branch, State Senate Majority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins confirmed that lawmakers took pains to craft solid language that will be tough to attack.
She explained: “We wanted to make sure that our permitting process would be able to stand up to scrutiny, and the technical aspects took a long time.”