A New York law barring guns from Times Square and many other public spaces was ruled largely unconstitutional by a federal judge.
The law, passed in response to the Supreme Court’s easing of restrictions on concealed-carry permits, greatly expanded gun bans to include public transportation, sports arenas and anywhere licensed to serve alcoholic beverages. US District Judge
Suddaby issued a temporary restraining order blocking the state from enforcing many provisions of July Concealed Carry Improvement Act. He stayed his ruling for three days to allow the state to appeal the ruling.
New York Governor
“I will continue to do everything in my power to combat the gun violence epidemic and protect New Yorkers,” Hochul said.
In her own statement, James vowed to appeal, saying the “decision comes in the wake of mass shootings and rampant gun violence hurting communities here in New York and across the country.”
New York specifically restricted carrying guns in Times Square, but Suddaby said that was impermissible based on historical analogues. He did allow restrictions to remain on government buildings, polling places, schools and other places where he said guns had been historically prohibited.
Suddaby also ruled that several “good moral character” requirements New York imposed on applicants for concealed-carry permits were unconstitutional. He said the state’s demand that applicants disclose their social-media accounts for the previous three years had no historical basis.
The Supreme Court in June struck down a century-old New York law restricting concealed firearm permits to those with a demonstrated need beyond self-defense. The conservative majority said the requirement had impermissibly rendered the Second Amendment a “second-class right.”
The case is Antonyuk v. Hochul, 22-cv-0986 US District Court, Northern District of New York (Syracuse).
(Updates with comment by NY governor and attorney general.)
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