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Senate Bill S51001 requires concealed-carry applicants to complete a 16-hour classroom and two-hour live-fire firearm safety training course.A new law proposed in light of the decision took effect on Sept. 1. It includes new requirements for concealed-carry permits and prohibits guns in "sensitive" public places. People with guns can only take them into private businesses with permission.
A federal judge in Syracuse on Thursday temporarily struck down key parts of a new law in New York that governs gun licensing.
The law, called the Concealed Carry Improvement Act, replaced the unconstitutional "proper cause" standard with a requirement to demonstrate "good moral character." Applicants now have to provide a list of current and past social-media accounts, the names and contact information of family members, cohabitants and at least four character references in order to complete the license application or renewal process. Eighteen hours of in-person and "live-fire" firearm training are also required by law.
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The state also drew up a list of "sensitive locations" where carrying arms is prohibited.
A previous law wasby the U.S. Supreme Court in June.
Thursday's ruling is at least a temporary victory for six New York residents who said the new law is just as restrictive -- and unconstitutional -- as the one the Supreme Court overturned.
"Setting aside the subjective nature of these assessments, shouldering an applicant with the burden of showing that he or she is of such 'good moral character' (in the face of a de facto presumption that he or she is not) is akin to shouldering an applicant with the burden of showing that he or she has a special need for self-protection distinguishable from that of the general community," Judge Glenn Suddaby in the Northern District of New York wrote in his 53-page decision.
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He went on, "Simply stated, instead of moving toward becoming a, New York State has further entrenched itself as a shall-not-issue jurisdiction."
Suddaby noted in his decision that "it does not appear permissible for New York State to restrict concealed carry" in.
The judge said a temporary restraining order would not take effect for three business days to allow the state to file an appeal.
New York Attorney General Letitia James said her office plans to appeal the decision.
"While the decision preserves portions of the law, we believe the entire law must be preserved as enacted," she said in a statement. "Common-sense gun control regulations help save lives."
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul called the decision "disappointing" in a statement.
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"While this decision leaves aspects of the law in place, it is deeply disappointing that the judge wants to limit my ability to keep New Yorkers safe and to prevent more senseless gun violence," she said. "We are working with the Attorney General's office to review the decision carefully and discuss next steps in an appeal. I will continue to do everything in my power to combat the gun violence epidemic and protect New Yorkers."
The mayor of New York City pushed back against the decision.
"Once again, the courts have opened up another river leading to the sea of gun violence, making it harder for us to protect New Yorkers," Mayor Eric Adams said in a statement. "While the city is not a party to this case, we are willing to support the state in any way possible as it pursues an appeal."
The state's new gun law went into effect on Sept. 1. It designated "sensitive areas" -- like schools, theaters and even Times Square -- as being exempt from concealed carry, while also instituting stricter background checks for those applying for a permit.
Provisions of the law that are not impacted by the judge's decision include requirements that an applicant provides a list of character references and takes 18 hours of training. Additionally, sensitive locations that remain in effect, where carrying arms is prohibited, include mass transit, polling places, public assemblies and places controlled by federal, state or local government.
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