Saturday’s Newsbits:




City Council declares Times Square a “sensitive area”

The City Council passed two gun control bills today:

  • INT 518A-2022, Requires the Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice to coordinate with the New York City Police Department to conduct a study and issue an annual report to the Mayor and City Council Speaker on the trafficking of illegal firearms into New York City.
  • INT 602-2022, For the purposes of state penal law definition of sensitive area for the carrying of guns, defines the area commonly known as Times Square. Also authorizes the New York City Police Department to promulgate such rules as may be necessary to implement the bill, including rules applicable, as appropriate, to persons with a firearms license who live or work in the area commonly known as Times Square.

Both bills go to Mayor Adams for signing.

Signs to be posted all around Times Square

New bill introduced prohibiting carrying guns in/around Times Square, INT 602-2022.

Council hearing on CCW in Times Square today

At 10:00am today the City Council’s Public Safety Committee will hold a hearing on legislation to identify details of the Times Square area restricted from concealed carrying of guns, Council Chambers, City Hall, Manhattan.

NYC calling for new carry law

The NYC City Council is expected to pass a resolution calling for the state legislature to enact a new restrictive carry law.

Reporting on the trafficking of “illegal” firearms

New bill introduced to the City Council, Int 0518-2022:

“This bill would require the Mayor’s Office to Prevent Gun Violence to coordinate with the Police Department to conduct a study and submit a report on the illegal transportation of firearms. The study and report would need to identify the locations where firearms have been seized or surrendered in the City, and specifically the locations where firearms that have been connected to a crime have been seized or surrendered in the City, including the type of firearm, the manufacturer of the firearm, and whether the firearm is a ghost gun or 3-D printed firearm. The study and report would also need to identify the ways states and municipalities coordinate to prevent the illegal transportation of firearms, recommendations for states and municipalities to increase collaboration to prevent the illegal transportation of firearms, and recommendations for federal, state and municipal policies to prevent the illegal transportation of firearms.”

This is a set up to using the new nuisance law to target firearms manufacturers and retailers.


Saturday’s Newsbits:




Executive Order 19

Mayor Eric Adams issued Executive Order 19 creating a so-called Gun Violence Task Force.

Here is a copy of the order.

Adams, Everytown call for ATF action

Mayor Eric Adams, acting as a proxy for Everytown, has sent a letter to the ATF asking they revoke the FFL of Polymer80.

From the presser:

“… “We must get ghost guns out of our communities, and those that manufacture them must be shut down,” said Mayor Adams. “Polymer80’s entire business operation presents a clear and present danger to public safety through New York and the entire country — not only selling guns, but also marketing an entire lifestyle brand that celebrates violence and lawlessness. As mayor of the largest city in America, a former police officer, and co-chair of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, I have a message for Polymer80: We will not surrender our city to a violent few. No one is above the law. And the law is coming for you.” …”

The City prohibited them in 2019 and the state followed suit in 2021 (here, here and here.)

Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month

Res 93-2022, Recognizing June as Gun Violence Awareness Month in New York City, has been introduced to the City Council on behalf of Public Advocate Jumaane Williams.

The purpose of this?

Recognition of the month of June as Gun Violence Awareness Month by local and state officials will increase efforts to protect all New Yorkers, especially those who are disproportionately affected by such violence, by furthering the dialogue with our local, state and federal partners to help examine the causes of gun violence and create meaningful solutions in an effort to prevent the violence from peaking again in the summer.

Just more of the same nonsense Williams has built his reputation on.