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New York State Gun Control Prohibits Alerting Residents of Northern Bear Ranges

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VANDERWHACKER MOUNTAIN WILD Forest — In New York's Adirondack Mountains, Gunfire has long been reverberating. Kids fly skeets out of the sky after school, and parents interact and compete at the shooting range. In autumn, fluorescent orange hunters fan through the woods and stalk deer.

Thus, his landmark June ruling in which the U.S. Supreme Court established the constitutional right to bear arms in public is a justification for the upstate gun-centric lifestyle. It seemed like

That feeling was fleeting.

The court's conservative majority ruling horrified Democratic leaders across the country, who said it would lead to an increase in gun violence.

In response, the New York legislature repealed parts of the gun control law that the courts found unconstitutional, making many places "sensitive places" and "gun-free." It has created a long list of 'restricted places', including a large chunk of the Adirondack.

Possession of firearms of any kind in these places will be a felony after 1 September. California, New Jersey, and other states are watching closely as they draft similar plans. A powerful gun owner's rights group sees the latest confirmed violation of Americans' rights as subject to litigation.

"It means you have to leave your firearms at home," said Rick Bennett, who sells guns and fishing gear at his store in the hamlet of North Creek.

Supreme Court rulings permitted gun bans in limited sensitive areas such as schools and courts. , concert venues, and parks. Bennett's home is in the middle of Adirondack Park, the largest park in the continental United States. Adirondack Park is a mountain range that occupies one-fifth of the state's land mass. It's larger than some US states and is home to 130,000 people and countless bobcats, beavers, muskrats and cottontails. A bear patrols his trail on a hike.

Those who run summer camps think that it is a new sensitive place in itself, and that the popular rifle his course for children is now a crime. It's unclear how the annual biathlon (a sport that combines skiing and shooting) will be held on Mount Van Hoevenberg, the park's former Winter Olympic venue. Possessing a gun at a sports venue is a felony.

Democratic Rep. Jeffrey Dinowitz of the Bronx, New York City, said the bill he co-sponsored was a "highly politicized, right-wing judge."


"File a lawsuit"

Bennett licensed a concealed-carry gun in 1980 and loves frying up canned venison from last season's hunt. said.

A loaded Kimber 9mm pistol, tucked into his waistband as usual, slogged through the mountains across his kilt patchwork of various land types. He was afraid he would lose his gun if one day he was pulled over in the wrong place and convicted of a new gun possession felony.

For miles, paved roads crisscross specimens of private property, and legislators declared that unless the owner posted a sign that guns were welcome, the area would be automatically off-limits. said it would.

Rocky roads winding up state-owned Vanderwacker Mountain to the family's lakeside hut, he turned into a 4-mile (6 km) track, dashing in the truck Board A loose bullet rolled into his tray. Wild forests to become sensitive sites, according to the bill's sponsors.

The new law would exempt people "legally engaged in hunting activities", but the deer season, which is several weeks in the fall, was months away.

At Calamity Janes, which sells guns, women's shoes and handbags with gun holsters sewn into the lining, co-owner Jane Havens has customers browsing the July 1st Congressional debate. was broadcast on

Dinowitz and other bill sponsors were clear: Adirondack Park was included.

"A guy from the Bronx, Adirondack he doesn't know what a park is," said Havens, who was born and raised in the mountains.

A week after he passed the law, the office of Gov. Said to be about his 2/5ths of the area. Should not be considered a sensitive place to contradict the sponsor of the bill. More than half of the park is privately owned.

"They rushed this through without anyone scrutinizing it," said Republican Senator Dan Steck, who lives south of the park. He proposed amending the law to exclude public lands in Adirondack parks. Mr. Dinowitz said he opposed the amendment, but Mr. Hochul's office did not answer the question.

The county clerk involved in the gun licensing system and at least one of his Adirondack district attorneys say the law is confusing. I don't know what the residents are thinking.

"I'm not even sure you could actually stop and use the restroom if it had to be between you and gun range." said John Bowe, president of Dunham's Bay Fish and Range Club.

The plaintiff who won the pro-gun Supreme Court ruling lives just south of the Adirondacks. Among them is Tom King, president of the New York State Rifle and Pistol Association, the state chapter of the National Rifle Association.

"I got hundreds of calls from people in the Adirondacks," said King.

(Reporting by Jonathan Allen; Editing by Donna Bryson and Lisa Shumaker)