Concealed Carry Improvement Act remains in effect amid legal challenges

New York state’s Concealed Carry Improvement Act (CCIA) currently remains in effect, despite pending legal challenges.

While CCIA challenges are pending additional court review, credit unions may wish to proactively post signage and establish policies setting forth their position regarding the possession of firearms on their property. A list of FAQs about the CCIA can be found on New York state’s website.

About the CCIA
In June, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down New York state’s requirement that individuals demonstrate a need for protection to obtain a permit allowing them to carry a firearm for self-defense outside their home or business.

Gov. Kathy Hochul, in response to the June 2022 Supreme Court decision, signed the new CCIA legislation on July 1, 2022, which modifies the requirements for obtaining a conceal and carry permit and prohibits the possession of firearms in areas deemed “sensitive” or “restricted.” Under the CCIA, which went into effect Sept. 1, 2022, places of employment and businesses constitute restricted areas in which the possession of firearms is only permitted with express permission from the property owner or lessee.

The law currently remains in effect after challenges, pending additional consideration by an appellate panel.

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