The law has led to confusion and court challenges from gun owners.
The sprawling Manhattan tourist attraction is one of scores of "sensitiveâ€ places â€” including parks, churches and theaters â€” that will be off-limits for guns under a sweeping new state law going into effect Thursday. The measure, passed after a US Supreme Court decision in June expanded gun rights, also sets stringent standards for issuing concealed carry permits.
New York is among a half-dozen states that had key provisions of its gun laws invalidated by the high court because of a requirement for applicants to prove they had "proper causeâ€ for a permit. Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that she and her fellow Democrats in the state Legislature took action the next week because the ruling "destroyed the ability for a governor to be able to protect her citizens from people who carry concealed weapons anywhere they choose.â€
However, the law has led to confusion and court challenges from gun owners who say it improperly limits their constitutional rights.
"They seem to be designed less towards addressing gun violence and more towards simply preventing people from getting guns â€” even if those people are law-abiding, upstanding citizens, who according to the Supreme Court have the rights to have them,â€ said Jonathan Corbett, a Brooklyn attorney and permit applicant who is one of several people challenging the law in court.
A federal judge let the new rules go forward Wednesday evening, hours before they were to take effect. Despite writing that the arguments for granting a preliminary injunction to stop the rules were persuasive, Judge Glenn Suddaby said the plaintiffs - an upstate New York resident and three gun rights organizations - didnâ€™t have standing to bring the legal action. Suddaby said he came to that decision partly because the man, a legal gun owner, couldnâ€™t demonstrate he was at risk of a credible threat of prosecution under the new guidelines, among other factors.