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Gun reform in America is beginning to take shape. On Thursday, New York City officials made it clear that “nothing has changed” in the state despite the US Supreme Court striking down the law that places restrictions on carrying a concealed handgun outside the home.
According to New York Police Department Commissioner Keechant Sewell, “The important thing to know today is that nothing changes.” She continued, “If you have a premise permit, it does not automatically convert to a carry permit. If you carry a gun illegally in NYC, you will be arrested.”
According to CNN, the case was returned to the lower court and is still in effect until it goes through the legal process. In the meantime, Sewell said the NYPD is evaluating the permit process.
“We are taking a look at our policies our procedures and our licensing scheme as it stands now,” she said.
The legislation is now on a path to pass the Senate before the week is out — with the potential for a final vote to take place as early as later today.
The bipartisan gun reform deal is the first major federal gun safety legislation in decades. It includes millions of dollars for mental health, school safety, crisis intervention programs and incentives for states to include juvenile records in the National Instant Criminal Background Check System.