New York Gov. Hochul Vows To Call Legislature To Define Gun-Free Places: SCOTUS Decision ‘Reprehensible’

Gov. Kathy Hochul (D-NY) said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that she is calling on the New York legislature to craft legislation to combat the Supreme Court’s ruling to strike down a New York state law that required “adequate cause” to obtain a concealed carry permit.

Hochul said: “Teddy Roosevelt was president when we had this law. That is the time that passes. When you talk about historical traditions, I think that is enough. We’ve had this in the books. We have been able to protect New Yorkers all this time under this law. To be taken back to a time when you have to consider what it was like when our Founding Fathers wrote the laws is absurd. it is reprehensible. It’s painful for all of us on the front lines trying to have sensible gun safety legislation.”

She continued: “We knew this was coming. We’ve been consulting with the smartest people in the country, our lawyers. People who were at the front of each town, for example. We have a strategy. We are going to convene the legislature, they don’t usually come back until January, but this is urgent. This is a matter of public safety. I have to make sure that we can change the law, in place, in a couple of days so that we can have restrictions that talk about sensitive places. We will have the right to stop concealed carry, bringing weapons to sensitive places. I want to define those sensitive places. I assure you that they will not allow this to happen in our subways.”

Hochul added: “I will not allow it in our schools, churches or all kinds of places. We’re going to be crafting that language right now. I am not giving up my right and my responsibility. As the governor of this state that wants protections, I’m not going to give that up.”

O’Donnell said: “The breaking news tonight in terms of New York’s reaction is that they’re calling a legislature. You are saying that we need to write a new law, taking into account what the Supreme Court said today, to try to find a way to thread these legal needles, to create enough protection for New Yorkers, basically against the Supreme Court.”

Hochul said, “Yes, I will. I’ll go straight to the line. I’ll make sure it’s legally sustainable. I will have constitutional scholars advise me on this.”

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