New York City Mayor Eric Adams signed into law Tuesday outlining how the city will make Times Square a gun-free zone, even if the state law backing the policy was overturned in a federal court.
Adams said the 56 million tourists expected to visit New York City this year should not “live in fear” as they walk through Times Square, often billed as “the crossroads of the world.”
“We will not allow them to live in fear or suspicion that someone is walking around with a weapon ready to harm them.”
Adams, who owns three guns, said designating Times Square as a sensitive site was not intended to penalize lawful gun owners. Rather, he and other city leaders said it was untenable to have so many guns in a place as crowded as Times Square.
“It’s just plain old common sense that nobody should have a gun in Times Square,” said Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, who joined the mayor to sign the bill.
The law defines the boundaries of the sensitive Times Square location and empowers the NYPD to implement it.
Last week, a federal judge in Syracuse overturned portions of the state’s new gun law, including the portion that designates all of Times Square as a no-gun carrying area.
The state plans to appeal the verdict and has attempted to keep the law in effect while the appeal is being heard and pending its decision
“We’ll just have to wait and see what happens,” said Steven Lewis of the city’s legal department.