NY Governor Hochul vows to convene legislature to define places where no guns can be carried – SCOTUS decision ‘reprehensible’

Governor Kathy Hochul (D-NY) said Thursday on MSNBC’s “The Last Word” that she is calling on the New York legislature to draft a law to counter the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a New State law. York that required “proper cause” to obtain a concealed carry permit.

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

She continued: “We knew this was going to happen. We have consulted the smartest people in the country, our jurists. People who were on the front lines of every city, for example. We have a strategy. We’re going to convene the legislature, they usually don’t 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 effect, in a few days to be able to have restrictions that talk about sensitive places. We will have the right to prevent concealed carrying, taking weapons to sensitive places. I want to define these sensitive places. I assure you that you will not allow that to happen on our subways.”

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

O’Donnell said: “The latest news of the night in terms of the reaction from New York is that you are calling back a legislature. You’re saying that we need to write a new law, keeping an eye on 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 go straight to the line. I’ll make sure it’s legally sustainable. I will have constitutional scholars advising me on this.”

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