Hochul marks 1-year anniversary of New York state’s


STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul this week marked the one-year anniversary of the implementation of stronger gun safety laws in New York state.

“As governor, I took swift action to keep people safe following the Supreme Court’s decision in Bruen to strike down our state’s century-old concealed carry law,” said Hochul. “One year later, we are continuing to lead the nation in the fight against gun violence and saving lives.”

The laws, which went into effect Sept. 1, 2022, requires individuals seeking to obtain concealed carry permits to undergo a comprehensive background check, firearm safety, and life-fire training.

Background checks now require four character references, a list of former and current social media accounts for the last three years, a discloser of applicant’s spouse, partner, or any adults residing with the applicant, and an in-person interview with their licensing officer or designee.

Additionally, applicants in New York state are required to be at least 21 years old.

The law also prohibits concealed-carry permit holders from bringing firearms into sensitive locations including schools, government buildings, and hospitals. Lastly, the law requires renewal or recertification of permits every three years.

To mark the anniversary of the new gun laws, starting Sept. 13, all background checks will be required for those purchasing ammunition and antique firearms across the state. A fee will be charged for each transaction.

These fees will help fund the background check system for New York state.

New York State Police Acting Superintendent Steven A. Nigrelli applauded Hochul for her “unwavering commitment to reducing gun violence and preventing unnecessary tragedies in our communities.”

“Gun safety and stopping the illegal possession of firearms, and gun violence in any form, is a top priority for the State Police and all our law enforcement partners,” said Nigrelli. “We remain steadfast in the fight against gun violence and keeping all New Yorkers safe.”

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