New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she will meet with state lawmakers Thursday to consider gun safety legislation in response to the Supreme Court striking down key parts of the state’s licensing law.
The Court Thursday struck down a state law that required people applying for a concealed carry permit to demonstrate a specific need to have a firearm in public.. The court’s conservative majority said it violated the Second Amendment, which they interpreted as protecting people’s right to carry a firearm for self-defense outside the home.
Governor Hochul called the decision “reckless and reprehensible” when she announced that she will convene a special session.
“Since the decision was published, I have been working around the clock with our partners in the legislature to craft gun safety legislation in response to this ruling that will protect New Yorkers,” he said in a prepared statement.
New York officials are considering restrictions on concealed carry in “sensitive locations” such as government buildings and bars. They are also looking to implement specific training for permit applicants, among other options.