NEW YORK — Governor Kathy Hochul and Mayor Eric Adams have teams analyzing the Supreme Court’s decision thatfind ways to limit guns.
For now, the mayor and NYPD commissioner are making it clear that the old rules still apply, CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Thursday.
“We can’t allow New York to become the Wild Wild West,” Adams said.
Adams and his top aides wasted no time meeting to analyze the Supreme Court’s decision. But while the mayor said on a scale of 1 to 10 that it was “very close to 10 as a major concern”, he and his police commissioner warned New Yorkers that the decision should not be interpreted as the Supreme Court waving a magic wand and saying go ahead and buy guns.
“The important thing to know today is that nothing changes. If you have a premise permit, it does not automatically convert to a carry permit. If you carry a weapon illegally in New York, you will be arrested. Nothing changes. changes today,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said.
“It’s so important because we saw it when marijuana was legalized in the state. People automatically, they just read the headlines. They thought they could go out and sell marijuana, what they wanted. And the police commissioner’s comment that nothing has changed, if you have a target license, it’s not a carry license,” Adams said.
Currently, only about 1,700 city residents are allowed to carry a gun when they leave their homes. About 1,400 others have transport licenses issued by other counties who need NYPD approval to be transported within the five boroughs.
About 20,000 people have premises permits. That’s what the mayor and the police commissioner are talking about.
State and city officials are also focusing on language in the ruling that will allow them to limit where people can carry guns.
“We will not allow our city to live in fear that everyone around us will be armed, that any altercation could turn into a shootout,” Adams said.
“We don’t need people walking into our subways, our restaurants, our cinemas with concealed weapons. We don’t need more guns on our streets. We are already facing a major crisis of violence army. We don’t need to add more fuel to this fire,” Hochul said.
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In the majority view, Judge Clarence Thomas warned that guns won’t be allowed everywhere, but there are limits to what are considered sensitive locations.
“…There is no historical basis for New York actually declaring Manhattan Island a ‘sensitive place’ simply because it is overcrowded,” Judge Thomas said.
“If the federal government doesn’t have sweeping laws to protect us, then our states and governors have a moral responsibility to do what we can and have laws that protect our citizens,” Hochul said.
Hochul said she would call a special session of the legislature to try to pass laws that would limit the scope of the Supreme Court ruling. The city and state could authorize businesses, places of worship and public transit systems, among other things, to ban guns.
In a statement, the MTA said, “The presence of firearms in a sensitive location like New York City’s transit system is an unacceptable risk. In light of this Supreme Court ruling, we have begun to write appropriate rules to prevent dangerous weapons from entering our subways, buses and commuter trains.”
Assembly Judiciary Chairman Charles Lavine told Kramer the legislature could return to Albany “in a matter of days.”