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New York releases minimum concealed carry requirements

The New York Division of Criminal Justice Services and the New York State Police have announced the Minimum Standards for Concealed Firearms Safety Training in New York City.

The guidelines create a variety of controls to ensure that those wishing to conceal the carrying of a firearm are properly trained in how to use and store the firearm.

Those applying for a concealed carry license must complete 16 hours of in-person instruction that would cover a variety of topics. This training includes at least two hours of training in both firearm safety and maintenance and state and federal gun laws. Other training includes gun storage, conflict de-escalation, meeting law enforcement, suicide prevention, and at least one hour of basic marksmanship.

For concealed firearms applicants who have already received the required training within the last five years, licensing officers may give credit for meeting some of the requirements of the new guidelines.

After the 16 hours of instruction, students must score at least 80% on a written test and complete two hours of live fire training followed by a live fire evaluation test.

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in June that struck down New York’s restrictions on concealed carry, Governor Kathy Hochul has taken aim at other gun safety measures. One such measure banned concealed carry in “sensitive targets” like hospitals and schools and banned concealed carry in all businesses in the state unless that business posted signage specifically welcoming concealed carry at inside.

Minimum concealed carry restrictions are another method for New York both to discourage people from carrying a gun and to ensure that if they decide to carry one anyway, they are properly trained and understand the risks of carrying a firearm.

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