Hochul recalls legislature over gun control

ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) — Governor Kathy Hochul has convened an extraordinary session of the state legislature to approve additional gun control measures. It comes in response to a Supreme Court decision that ruled that the 1913 Hiding Vehicle Act was unconstitutional.

The decision repealed a New York law that requires people to demonstrate a specific need to carry a gun in order to obtain a license to carry a gun in public in a covert manner. The judges said the requirement violates the Second Amendment right to “keep and bear arms.” It was decided along party lines, six against three.

“The Supreme Court’s reckless and reprehensible decision to repeal New York’s century-old hidden transportation law puts lives at risk here in New York,” the governor said. “Since the decision was released, I have worked around the clock with our partners in the legislature to draft gun safety legislation in response to this ruling that will protect New Yorkers. My number one priority as governor will always be to keep the New Yorkers safe.”

Democrats have already introduced several bills, including banning guns in sensitive places like restaurants, public transportation and other areas with large gatherings. The extraordinary session will begin on June 30.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.