New York bans guns in Times Square

Carrying firearms will soon be banned in the famous Times Square neighborhood and other public places in New York City, authorities said.

The New York Legislature passed and Democratic Gov. Kathy Hochul signed a law restricting the possession of firearms in sensitive locations, which takes effect Thursday.

“The US Supreme Court’s decision was a shot that was heard around the world and aimed at the safety of all New Yorkers,” the city’s Democratic mayor, Eric Adams, told reporters.

“New York will defend itself against this decision, and new requirements for concealed carry permit applicants and restrictions on carrying concealed weapons in ‘sensitive locations’ like Times Square go into effect tomorrow,” Adams said. The mayor also unveiled a sign —

“Times Square: A Gun Free Zone” — will hang until Thursday in and around the iconic square in the heart of Manhattan, where giant electronic billboards light up day and night for the 50 million visitors who flock there every year.

The governor of America’s fourth-largest state added that guns, even if concealed, would be banned in “bars, libraries, schools, government buildings, and hospitals.” Hochul said he refuses to “relinquish his right as governor to protect New Yorkers from gun violence or any other form of harm. In New York State, we will continue to lead the way forward and implement common-sense safety legislation of weapons”.

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