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New gun laws go into effect in New York surviving last-minute legal challenge

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As of Wednesday, a New York law necessitating background checks for ammunition purchases has been set into motion, withstanding a recent legal hurdle.


The Concealed Carry Improvement Act, approved by Gov. Kathy Hochul in July 2022, was upheld late Tuesday by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dismissing a challenge to its measures.

The act had been introduced after the Supreme Court revoked New York’s longstanding concealed carry regulation.

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Under the new statute, gun retailers will liaise with the New York State Police for background assessments, moving away from the National Instant Criminal background check system (NICS).

The state will also mandate these checks for both firearm and ammunition acquisitions, imposing fees of $9 and $2.50, respectively. Furthermore, the legislation calls for sporadic on-premises evaluations of firearms sellers.



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