What the Supreme Court’s gun decision means for New York

The US Supreme Court said on Thursday that New Yorkers should be legally allowed to carry weapons in self-defense. Previously, permission to carry a concealed firearm was issued only to those who demonstrated a specific need to be armed.

Here’s what that means for state and city residents moving forward.

Q: Can more New Yorkers get a carry license more easily?

In principle, yes. But NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell stressed that the decision does not allow New Yorkers to keep guns at their homes or workplaces, or for target practice, to immediately start packing heat wherever they go. . Gun owners wishing to arm themselves outside their homes or businesses will need a carry permit. The NYPD says it will continue to take permit applications and will not close its permit office at Police Headquarters.

Q: Does the NYPD expect an increase in gun permit applications?

It is unclear. “How can you guess?” asked NYPD Director of Counterterrorism John Miller. “Fundamentally, (permits) want more than is needed. There are so many things to consider.”

Q: Will legal gun owners be allowed to carry weapons in New York City and anywhere in the state?

Probably not, as cities, states and law enforcement agencies are considering banning weapons in “sensitive locations.” Possible areas of gun-free legislation could include sporting events, large gathering places such as Times Square, subways and movie theaters.


Q: Are there any safeguards for potential gun buyers to investigate?

The court ruling still allows states to place certain restrictions on license applicants, including background checks and training requirements.

Question: Is there a possibility of a legal challenge coming up in New York?

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Mayor Adams promised a fight to “undo the damage” of the ruling that would include a comprehensive review by the city’s top attorney and other legal experts. He also said the city plans to meet with elected officials, including other governors and mayors, along with its federal, state and local partners. Hochul said he planned to convene the state legislature to resolve the issue.


Q: What will be the impact on New York City residents?

Adams didn’t take a punch on the question: “The decision will make each and every one of us less safe from gun violence.”

Q: How many gun permits are currently issued by New York City?

NYPD’s latest number in city of 8.5 million: Police have issued 16,000 permits to people who are only allowed to own guns in their homes. Another 3,500 permits allow people to hide and carry firearms for business purposes – such permits can go to jewelers, couriers, private eyes and people handling lots of cash. There are currently 2,400 permits for security personnel who leave their weapons on the job. And finally, 700 permits have been issued to local shops and businesses – again, to be left on the premises.

Q: What does 1980s Subway gunman Bernie Goetz think of the Supreme Court ruling?

“I don’t want to be involved in that,” Goetz told the Greeley Tribune. “With other things going on in my life, I don’t want to be involved in anything in New York City.”

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