New concealed carry laws take effect in New York State Thursday.
The measure, passed after a U.S. Supreme Court decision in June expanded gun rights, also sets stringent standards for issuing concealed carry permits.
It brings new requirements for individuals who seek to obtain concealed carry pistol permits. These requirements include firearm trainings as well as an in-person Interview, and social media review and more. The new law also require renewals or recertification of permits every three years.
The conceal carry restrictions apply to “sensitive locations,” according to the state. Those locations include Times Square, bars, libraries, schools, government buildings and hospitals.
“In response to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down New York’s century-old concealed carry law, we took swift and thoughtful action to keep New Yorkers safe,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said in a statement.
“I refuse to surrender my right as governor to protect New Yorkers from gun violence or any other form of harm,” she added. “In New York State, we will continue leading the way forward and implementing common sense gun safety legislation.”
While New York doesn’t keep statewide data on pistol permit applications, there are reports of long lines at county clerks’ office and other evidence of a surge in applications before the law takes effect.
All of this is keeping Deer Park-based Guardian Security Training busy. The company’s services include training for security guards, self-defense training and pistol permit application support. Recently, the company has expanded its class schedule and permit application support resources to assist those seeking help.
“We have seen a dramatic surge in our pistol and firearms permit application support services over the past two months,” Matt Seifer, a certified firearms instructor who owns Guardian Security Training, said in a statement.
“We are getting hundreds of calls every week and don’t anticipate this to end,” he added, pointing to the new requirements for training and permitting. “We are expanding our training offerings to assist a large number of applicants meet state mandates, which have gotten more complex.”
Under the law, applicants for a concealed carry permit will have to complete 16 hours of classroom training and two hours of live-fire exercises.
“As a certified firearms instructor I believe it is critical that everyone who owns firearms should receive training and have a complete understanding of safe operation, storage and maintenance,” Seifer said. “Training will enhance safety and allow people to have greater awareness and respect for firearms.”
The state has launched a new gun safety website, where the public, gun owners, and gun dealers can learn more about the new requirements under state law.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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