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'There are going to be lawsuits': Upstate New Yorkers react to gun bans in bear country

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Residents of upstate New York are expressing concern and confusion over the state's newly enacted gun control laws, which severely curtail the right to carry firearms in areas deemed "sensitive locations," including state parks in the Adirondack mountains.

In late June, Democratic lawmakers rushed to pass new gun restrictions after the Supreme Court ruled that a 109-year-old New York law that required citizens to show proper cause to apply for a permit to carry concealed weapons was unconstitutional. On July 1, Gov. Kathy Hochul (D) signed a bill establishing a long list of "sensitive locations" that have essentially become gun-free zones, including airports, houses of worship, government buildings, and parks.

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