© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: People walk around Times Square while a winter storm passes in New York, U.S., February 25, 2022. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
By Jonathan Allen
NEW YORK (Reuters) – Two days before state law goes into effect banning guns in “the area commonly known as Times Square,” the New York City Council held a hearing to decide exactly. What does that mean.
Everyone can agree that Times Square should include the famous bow-shaped intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, with theaters, crowded with tourists and lit by electric billboards. brilliant death.
On Tuesday, council members held a hearing on a bill that includes a more expansive definition for a new gun-free zone. The bill, to be voted on in September, says the area should cover 34 neighborhoods in midtown Manhattan, applying only to outdoor areas.
The exercise was prompted by a decision by the US Supreme Court in June saying there was a constitutional right to carry weapons in public. The court’s conservative majority dropped gun license laws in New York and other states because it denied some people those rights.
In July, legislators in the Democratic-controlled legislature in New York state passed legislation overhauling licensing requirements and creating a long list of “sensitive locations” where the department is located. Possession of a gun would be a new felony.
The list includes parks, schools, courts, public transit and bars. Only one place has a name: Times Square.
Lawmakers handed it over to city officials to determine what that meant and put signs around its perimeter.
The new law is facing numerous legal challenges in federal court from New Yorkers with gun licenses who say some parts of the law are unconstitutional. A judge is expected to rule on Thursday on whether the law can go into effect while either of the lawsuits proceed.
New York City police said at a city meeting that thousands of New Yorkers living in New York City were determined to be able to legally carry guns to or from their homes as long as they pass through the area. this area “continuously and without interruption”. on Tuesday.