What is Times Square? New York plans response ahead of new gun ban

Two days before a state law banning guns in “the area commonly known as Times Square” is scheduled to go into effect, the New York City Council held a hearing to decide exactly what that means.

Everyone could agree that Times Square must encompass the famous looped intersection of Broadway and Seventh Avenue, lined with theatres, teeming with tourists and lit up with dazzling electronic billboards.

On Tuesday, council members held a hearing on a bill that would provide a broader definition of the new gun-free zone.

The bill, which will be put to the vote in September, says the area will span 34 city blocks in the heart of Manhattan and will apply to outdoor areas only.

The drill was prompted by a US Supreme Court ruling in June that there is a constitutional right to carry guns in public.

The conservative majority of the court overturned the gun laws of New York and other states because they denied some people these rights.

In July, lawmakers in the Democrat-controlled New York State Legislature passed legislation revising licensing requirements and creating a long list of “sensitive locations” where possession of a gun would be a new crime.

The list included parks, schools, courthouses, public transportation and bars. Only one place was named: Times Square.

State legislatures left it up to city officials to define what that means and place signage around its perimeter.

The new law already faces multiple legal challenges in federal courts from New Yorkers with gun licenses who say some parts of it are unconstitutional.

A judge is expected to rule by Thursday on whether the law can go into effect while one of the lawsuits is pending.

The thousands of New Yorkers residing in the redefined Times Square can still carry a legal gun to or from their homes as long as they travel “continuously and uninterruptedly” through the area, New York City Police Department said at the city meeting on Tuesday .

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